STEEL­ERS SIGN BROWN TO $68M DEAL, TAG BELL

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On the same day the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers en­sured one of their of­fen­sive stars would be kept un­der wraps, the team also made a deal to give an­other one top dol­lar. The Steel­ers reached a four-year, $68 mil­lion ex­ten­sion with Anto

nio Brown that makes the wide re­ceiver the high­est paid at his po­si­tion, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal’s terms told USA TO­DAY Sports. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the fi­nan­cial as­pects of the con­tract had not been an­nounced. Brown had one year re­main­ing on his ex­ist­ing con­tract. Cincin­nati Ben­gals re­ceiver A.J. Green pre­vi­ously held the high for the po­si­tion with $15 mil­lion av­er­age per year. Brown con­firmed the deal on Twitter by post­ing an im­age of him­self with agent Drew

Rosen­haus and the cap­tion “Steel­ers for life #Boomin.” The team also an­nounced the ex­ten- sion. Also Mon­day, the Steel­ers placed the ex­clu­sive fran­chise tag on run­ning back Le’Veon Bell.

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