The Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown have reached agreement on a four-year, $68 million deal that makes him the highest-paid wide receiver in the National Football League, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Once Bell signs the one-year franchise tender, it is guaranteed and can only be replaced by a long-term deal.
Steelers and Antonio Brown have reached agreement on deal to make him highest paid WR in National Football League, per sources.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have gone on a bit of a spending spree Monday.
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Shortly after the news broke, Brown tweeted a photo of himself with agent Drew Rosenhaus indicating that the deal was signed.
According to a Monday afternoon report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Steelers have placed their franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell. Based on a $165 million salary cap, those percentages equate to a franchise tender of $11.97 million and a transition tender of $9.72 million.
The Steelers will now have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with Bell.
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Brown started each of his 15 regular-season games played in 2016, en route to earning his fifth Pro Bowl selection and first-team Associated Press All-Pro honors for the third consecutive year. He's caught at least 106 passes for 1,284 yards in each of the last four seasons while catching 43 touchdowns.
The dual-threat back (he also had 616 receiving yards and two touchdowns) was a legitimate MVP candidate last season.
If he plays under the franchise tag this year, Bell will make just over $12.7 million.
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After that, the next closest is Oz the Great and Powerful with $79 million in 2013. About halfway through, Belle greets a man named Monsieur Jean who looks confused.
The Steelers' proactive efforts to retain Bell come as no surprise, as he is one of the most versatile backs in the NFL.