The Pittsburgh Steelers got the bulk of their offseason questions answered today, with the news breaking that they had made decisions on their two biggest free agents.
— NFL 32 (@NFL32__) February 27, 2017
First, they decided to franchise tag LeVeon Bell, who has been one of the top runners in the league. It will allow them to work on a longer deal to keep the back, and give them leverage going forward.
The Steelers have placed their franchise tag on Leveon Bell. The Juice is loose in Pittsburgh for at least one more season. pic.twitter.com/eLHzbDVKnW
— LeadingNFL ™ (@LeadingNFL) February 27, 2017
And second, they finally paid Antonio Brown. The league’s craftiest receiver got the richest deal for a receiver, scoring $68 million over four years.
#Steelers WR Antonio Brown’s contract details: 4-year extension worth $68M. $17M per year over 4 years and $18.5M over 3 years. 💰💰💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2017
The deal has been due for Brown, who is locked up now for the next five years with the team, and it’s apparent that they have their mind on another title before Big Ben hangs it up.
With a new contract in hand, winning a Super Bowl is the only focus for @AntonioBrown.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 1, 2017