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Steelers extend contract of Antonio Brown

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Wide receiver agrees to long-term extension.

The Steelers have extended the contract of WR Antonio Brown five years through the 2017 season. The team did not release details of the deal, but NBC Sports is reporting that the contract is worth $42.5 million.

Brown, a sixth-round draft pick in 2010, was the team’s MVP in 2011. He would have been eligible for restricted free agency at the end of the 2012 season.

“We are excited to announce that Antonio Brown will be with the team through at least the 2017 season,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said. “He has played a major role in our success over the past two years and we are thrilled he will be a Steeler for many years to come.”

Brown, who is in his third year in the NFL after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, was named the team’s MVP following last year and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl (as a kick returner). He finished second on the team with 69 receptions for 1,108 yards in 2011 and became the first player in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and at least 1,000 return yards (1,062).

For his career, Brown has 85 catches for 1,275 yards with two touchdowns, including a career-long 79-yarder versus Cleveland in Week 14 of 2011.

Neil Walker’s contract expires after the 2016 season. The Pirates second baseman is due for a big raise in arbitration this offseason—likely to $10 million—and signing him to a long-term extension will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $12-$15 million annually.
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