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Details of Alejandro Villanueva’s 4-year contract with the Steelers starting to emerge

Thursday the Pittsburgh Steelers paid Alejandro Villanueva in the form of a 4-year contract, and the details of that deal are starting to come to light.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers made Alejandro Villanueva a deal he couldn’t refuse. His dedication, and being the ultimate teammate, certainly paid off for the left tackle, and he was rewarded with a new 4-year contract.

While Le’Veon Bell turned down a lucrative deal prior to the franchise tag deadline, Villanueva, who didn’t miss an offseason practice or workout, was given a new deal when the team still had full control over him for the next two years.

The Steelers announced the 4-year deal as players reported prior to the 4 p.m. ET deadline, but the financial details were scarce.

Here is what is being said so far about the contract’s financial details:

4 years, $24 million dollar is a very good contract for the Steelers, and for Villanueva when you think about what he was making prior to the new deal. But what about the average money of the deal?

One source had Villanueva getting $14 million in the first two years of the deal, but this included his signing bonus. This would make his contract roughly $6 million dollars. Again, a very good contract for the Steelers as they still look to sign a player like Stephon Tuitt to keep him in a black and gold uniform for years to come, just like Villanueva will now be after his big pay day.