dglobalnews.com Steelers reportedly make Antonio Brown NFL's highest-paid wide receiver
Published: Tue, February 28, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Steelers reportedly make Antonio Brown NFL's highest-paid wide receiver

Steelers reportedly make Antonio Brown NFL's highest-paid wide receiver

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport sent out a tweet earlier this afternoon reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown are close to a long-term deal. It means that Bell won't hit free agency, which opens on March 9 and that if Bell and the Steelers don't agree to a contract by July 15, he is signed to the team on a large, one-year contract.

The Steelers announced the deal is for five years, and the total value of the contract is $72.17 million, according to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are protecting the centerpiece of their offense.

We have placed the franchise tag on RB Le'Veon Bell.

The Steelers have never used the exclusive franchise tag, which blocks Bell from negotiating with other teams. Bell has been suspended twice during his rookie contract, and another slip up will have him miss at least another quarter of the season. Last season, he ran for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns, while also accounting for 616 receiving yards and two touchdown catches.

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Bell was given the exclusive franchise tag, which will guarantee a salary of $12.2 million in 2017 unless the two sides agree to a long-term deal.

The 28-year-old is a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro First Team selection.

Last season marked the second-best single-season effort of Bell's National Football League career thus far.

However, while the Cardinals have slapped pass rusher Chandler Jones with their tag in addition to the Panthers selecting defensive tackle Kawann Short, the veteran rusher in Bell has become the first offensive player to be tagged this offseason.

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