Antonio Brown did his buddy Odell Beckham Jr. a solid on Monday: He provided a rough outline of the millions awaiting him.
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The Steelers agreed to a four-year extension with the star wide receiver with $68 million in new money, $17 million per year over four seasons from 2018-2021, according to ESPN. Brown will make $4.71 million in the final year of a six-year, $43 million contract, and after this year he’ll begin seeing an additional zero on his paychecks.
It makes Brown, who caught 12 TDs and amassed 1,284 receiving yards last year, the highest-paid wide receiver in football. And it makes Beckham, making about $1.8 million next year, take notice as he ventures toward free agency as soon as after the 2018 season.
The Giants’ 24-year-old superstar, coming off another record-setting season (that ended with a playoff nosedive after a controversial trip to Miami), now has a contract precedent. If the Giants want to hold onto the face of their franchise, there’s a firmer outline for how much it will cost.
Brown’s $17 million per year will beat A.J. Green’s wide receiver-high of $15 million per season. The Bengals wide receiver signed a four-year, $60 million deal in 2015. Atlanta’s Julio Jones has the NFL-high with $47 million in guaranteed money, on a five-year, $71.25 million deal he signed in 2015.
Other contracts the Giants and Beckham will be looking at: Denver’s Demaryius Thomas was signed to a five-year, $70 million deal with $43.5 million guaranteed in 2015, and Dallas and Dez Bryant agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal, also in 2015.
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