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Steelers make Antonio Brown the highest paid WR with new 5-year deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers came through on their promise to give Antonio Brown the pay day he has wanted the past two seasons, and the prolific WR is now the wealthiest at his position.

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On the same day the Pittsburgh Steelers were reportedly wanting to get a new contract done with Antonio Brown by March 9th, the team worked quickly and gave Brown a new 5-year contract worth $72.71 million dollars.

The move locks up the best wide receiver in the NFL for the duration of his prime, and also makes him the highest paid receiver in the game.

More details on the contract are still emerging, and one of those details is the contract is technically a 4-year extension, making his 5th year as the current contractual deal he had heading into the 2016 season.

The deal was consummated on the same day the Steelers placed the franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell, ensuring the team will have Bell and Brown in 2017, and hopefully Ben Roethlisberger and Martavis Bryant as well as the team preps for a run at Super Bowl 52.

Stay tuned to BTSC as more details of Brown’s contract are released.