(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to work out a new deal with wide receiver Mike Wallace, but they have taken care of their other starting receiver. The team has reached an agreement on a five-year contract worth $42.5 million with Antonio Brown, according to ESPN.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Brown had a breakout season with the Steelers in his second season in the NFL. He became the first player in NFL history with over 1,000 return yards and 1,000 receiving yards. Overall, he finished second to Wallace on the team with 69 receptions for 1,108 yards with two touchdowns.
“He has played a major role in our success the past two years,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “And we are thrilled he will be a Steeler for many years to come.”
Wallace has yet to report to Steelers training camp because of his desire for a new contract, but the team decided to take care of Brown before deciding the future of Wallace.
The Steelers drafted Brown with the 195th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN