Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have made Antonio Brown the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL after signing him to a 4-year extension worth $68 million.
With the new deal, which was announced by Pittsburgh as a five-year contract, Brown will stay with the Steelers through the 2021 season.
Brown will earn $4.7 million from his 2017 contract before he makes $18.5 million in the first three years of new deal and $12.5 million in the fourth. The deal also includes a $19 million signing bonus.
Brown's average salary of $17 million per year surpasses the $15 million per year made by Cincinnati's A.J. Green.
Last season, Brown was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl and third straight first-team All-Pro honors after placing 2nd in receptions (106), tied for second in touchdown catches (12) and fifth in receiving yards (1,284).
A 2010 sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan, Brown leads all active NFL players in receptions (632) and receiving yards (8,377).
Meanwhile, the Steelers used their exclusive franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell, who will be guaranteed a salary of $12.2 million in 2017 unless the two sides agree to a long-term deal.
Bell ran for 1,268 yards and caught 75 passes for 616 yards last season, becoming the first player in NFL history to average 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards per game.
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