Antonio Brown is staying with the Steelers, he has signed a five year contract which will make him the highest paid receiver in the league. The Steelers will be relieved that the deal has been concluded early in the offseason as signing Brown to a long term deal would have been a priority.
The contract will be worth $15 million per year with a signing bonus of $19 million. He was named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl in 2016 even though he had a disappointing campaign by his high standards. He had 106 receptions for 1,284 yards which was his lowest since 2012.
— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown) February 27, 2017
Meanwhile Le’Veon Bell will have to wait for his long term deal continues. There has been no indication on what the Steelers want to do regarding Bell. Ideally, the Steelers would like to sign Bell to a contract but it would come at a cost and they have just signed Brown to a big contract. Bottom line is that right now in the league, receivers get paid more than backs – no matter how good Bell is.
The good news is that the Steelers will have Bell for at least one more season regardless of what happens. They have placed the franchise tag on Bell so there is now time to try hammer out a more long term deal.