Steelers sign WR Brown to 5-yr extension

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With the Steelers breaking off negotiations with holdout wide receiver Mike Wallace, the team locked up fellow big-play threat Antonio Brown with a five-year contract extension through 2017.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
A sixth-round pick in 2010, Brown emerged as a downfield weapon last season, finishing second on the team with 69 receptions for 1,108 yards while becoming the first player in NFL history to have at least 1,000 receiving yards and 1,000 return yards in the same season. He was also voted as the team's MVP.
"We are excited to announce that Antonio Brown will be with the team through at least the 2017 season," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. "He has played a major role in our success over the past two years and we are thrilled he will be a Steeler for many years to come."
Wallace has yet to sign his one-year tender as a restricted free agent and has not reported to training camp. In his place, the Steelers are hoping Emmanuel Sanders can prove to be over the foot and knee problems that have plagued him the past two seasons.