The Steelers have announced that wide receiver Antonio Brown’s contract has been extended for five years through the 2017 season. Reports indicate Brown will be paid $42.5 million for the five years.
“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.