Wide receiver Antonio Brown signed a five-year contract extension Friday with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The deal is worth $42.5 million, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Brown, voted Pittsburgh's most valuable player by teammates last season, was entering the final season of the three-year contract he signed when he was drafted out of Central Michigan in 2010. He would have been eligible for restricted free agency after this season.
Pittsburgh was very tight against the cap, so a longterm deal with WR Mike Wallace pretty much won't happen. It seems as if Wallace and the Steelers may have been close, but Wallace failed to show up for camp and that ended discussions. This is definitely showing Wallace who is boss, and his only option now is to sign a one-year tender to play for $2.742 million. It looks like things are getting ugly.