Antonio Brown, Steelers agree on new deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers have rewarded Antonio Brown with a massive extension. More

Brown has been one of the league's best wideouts the past four seasons, leading the league in receptions twice and receiving yards once in that span. Under the rules of the exclusive rights franchise tender, Bell can not negotiate an offer sheet with another team.

If he plays under the franchise tag this year, Bell will make just over $12.7 million.

Bell, who turned 25 last week, would have become an unrestricted free agent March 9.




In 2014, when he led the National Football League in total yards from scrimmage with a team-record 2,215 yards, he suffered a sprained knee in the regular season finale against Cincinnati and was unable to play in the postseason.

Brown is likely deserving of this distinction after racking up 481 catches for 6,315 yards and 43 touchdowns over the last four years. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. General manager Kevin Colbert said on February 16 that ensuring that Brown remained "a Steeler for life" was the team's top offseason priority.

"The tag is always an option, and it's something we'll use if necessary", Colbert said two weeks ago. However, a lot has to go into this decision of giving the All-Pro running back a long-term contract before Bell receives a healthy pay day. The 31-year-old Peterson is scheduled to count $18 million against the Vikings' salary cap if he's still on the team's roster at the end of next week. That puts Brown's salary at more than $15 million. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport sent out a tweet earlier this afternoon reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown are close to a long-term deal. He'll surpass A.J. Green into that top spot.

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