The Steelers signed WR Antonio Brown to a five-year contract extension through the 2017 season, the team confirmed Friday afternoon. According to Pro Football Talk, the deal is worth $42.5 million.
Brown had a breakout 2011 campaign. In 16 games and three starts, he had 69 catches for 1,108 yards and two touchdowns. He had two years left on his rookie contract.
“We are excited to announce that Antonio Brown will be with the team through at least the 2017 season,” said Steelers GM Kevin Colbert in a statement issued by the club. “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.”
WR Mike Wallace has not reported to training camp. He did not come to terms on a long-term deal with the Steelers and has yet to sign his $2.4 million restricted free-agent tender.
The way we see it
It will be interesting to see how Wallace and the Steelers proceed now. Does he continue to stay away from camp, or does he relent? And if he returns, are the Steelers willing — or able — to talk about a new contract?
Brown, who comes off a sparkling season, doesn't have Wallace's pure speed, but he's quick, runs very good routes and is dangerous after the catch.