(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Antonio Brown to a four-year, $68 million contract extension that makes him the highest paid wide receiver in the National Football League, NFL.com reported on Monday.
The 28-year-old receiver, whose deal includes a $19 million signing bonus, had one year remaining on his current contract, which was set to pay him $4.71 million in 2017.
The average $17 million per year salary over the duration of the deal is $2 million higher than that of Cincinnati's A.J. Green, who had previously been the league's highest paid wide receiver, and takes Brown through the 2021 season.
A five-time Pro Bowl player, Brown finished this past season second in the NFL in receptions (106), tied for second in touchdown catches (12) and fifth in receiving yards (1,284).
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He posted a photo of himself on Twitter during his contract signing with a message: “Steelers for life.”
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)