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NFL: Steelers retain Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell

NFL: Steelers retain Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday signed wide receiver Antonio Brown to a new five-year contract and placed an exclusive-rights franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, taking steps toward fulfilling a promise to make the star players vital parts of the organization “for life.”

Brown’s new contract runs through 2021 and will pay him more than $72 million, making him one of the highest-paid non-quarterbacks in the league. Brown, 28, is one of only two players in NFL history to catch at least 100 passes in four consecutive seasons, last year catching 106 for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns in helping the Steelers win the AFC North title and make it...

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