Steelers sign star receiver Brown to five-year deal

By Joe Rodgers 28 February 2017 269
Steelers sign star receiver Brown to five-year deal

Star wide receiver Antonio Brown is set to be a Steeler for life after signing a new five-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brown's new contract will reportedly make the five-time Pro Bowler the NFL's highest paid receiver.

The 28-year-old, who has ranked either first or second in the NFL in receptions over the last four years, was set to make $4.7million in the final year of a six-year restructured deal.

"AB is a big contributor to our success, has been for several years now, and I think he's capable of continuing to be that kind of player," Steelers president Art Rooney II said.

"I think he's someone who wants to be a great player and works hard to be that. Hopefully, he'll continue to evolve as a player and as a person."

Brown finished the 2016 season with 106 catches for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He has had four successive seasons of at least 100 receptions and led the league in catches in 2014 and 2015. His 136 receptions for 1,834 yards in 2015 broke his own franchise records set a year earlier, when he established a team record with 13 touchdowns.

"It means everything," said Brown. "It's the team that gave me an opportunity from day one. You put the helmet on you have the chance to do something special.

"I am extremely thankful. You have to have a vision. You have to think positive things for yourself. You have to continue to dream. This is one of the things I dreamed about five, six years ago. I want to continue to dream and be motivated and continue to grow.

"I can tell you the work that goes in pays off. Working smart, working hard, always being ready when the opportunity presents itself."

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