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Antonio Brown still tops of all NFL WR’s in annual salary activities

On and off the field, Antonio Brown is the best standard by which all other NFL receivers.

The league’s premier receiver, Brown is also the league’s highest paid receiver since the 2018 season. Brown, who signed a four-year extension worth $68 million last offseason, makes an average of $17 million per season.

Below are the NFL’s highest paid receivers based on annual salary.

Antonio Brown — $17.0M
Mike Evans — $16.5M
DeAndre Hopkins — $16.2M
Sammy Watkins — $16.0M
Jarvis Landry — $15.1M
A.J. Green — $15.0M

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is surely looking to join this list as he looks to get a new contract sometime in the near future. It was reported earlier the week that Bryant and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones were scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss his contract. Ironically, Bryant was the league’s highest paid receiver just a few years ago after signing a five-year, $70 million deal in 2015. T.Y. Hilton followed suit when he signed a five-year, $65 million deal later that offseason.

While Bryant and Hilton “got paid,” Brown put together a historic season in 2015, catching 136 passes for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns despite playing without Ben Roethlisberger for parts of eight games. After catching 106 passes for 1,284 yards and 12 scores in 2016, the Steelers decided to give Brown his second longterm deal while essentially making him a Steeler for life.

Brown’s greatness, however, extends beyond his ability on the field. His peerless work ethic coupled with his budding leadership skills have made an immense impact on his younger teammates that look to emulate his success. Brown made quite an impression last training camp on then rookie quarterback Josh Dobbs, who gained a quick rapport with his All-Pro teammate.

“When I first got here, [Brown] said, ‘Whenever you need extra work or anything, just let me know,'” Dobbs told Steelers.com. “That’s just the type of guy he is and that’s why he’s had so much success, because he’s willing to put in the extra time and the extra effort .

“I was thankful to be around a guy with such greatness and has been so great on the field. Luckily, we have a team full of guys that were willing to put in the extra work after practice.”

The 24th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bryant has earned three Pro Bowl selections but has not eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in a season since 2014. Brown, the 195th overall pick in that same draft, became the first wide receiver in league history to catch at least 100 passes in five straight seasons in 2017. While Bryant is still one of the league’s top wideouts, it’s become clear which receiver has set himself apart from his peers while rightfully earning his place atop the food chain.

Antonio Brown’s bond with father grows with AFL jersey retirement

Eddie Brown was with his son when the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League called him to offer a jersey retirement appearance.

Brown asked his boy, Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown, to join him in Albany, New York, where “Touchdown Brown” became arguably the AFL’s best player of all time. Antonio agreed, and the two have been celebrating the moment ever since.

The Browns will be honorary captains for Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Soul. Antonio is headed to Albany via private jet, of course.

“He was excited for me,” the elder Brown said. “All last week, he had all kinds of things set up for me. We went on the yacht. On the boat, bottle of champagne on my retirement. We went to South Beach and had a great dinner. He’s just been doing a whole lot of events to recognize me to say, ‘I’m proud of you, Dad.’ He’s all-in with it.”

Eddie Brown’s ridiculous 950 catches for 12,736 yards and 303 touchdowns from 1994 to 2003 earned him an AFL Hall of Fame nod. Saturday is a chance to acknowledge the football standard that he tried to set for his son.

But it’s also quality time with his boy, which he savors.

Eddie Brown wasn’t around for much of Antonio’s teenage years but eventually got more involved.

Antonio Brown grew up in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. He lived with various friends in high school and struggled to qualify academically coming out of Miami Norland High. He found a safe landing strip at Central Michigan, where his open-field playmaking earned him a sixth-round pick.

Eddie calls his relationship with Antonio “awesome” right now .

“Time always heals wounds,” Eddie said. “I think he is starting to understand a lot more things but where he’s at now mentally, he feels there is no other bigger support system than having his dad by his side. And I’m honored. It’s about building that family tradition of doing things together.”

Antonio strengthened his case as the game’s best receiver with 101 catches for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games last season.

Eddie won’t be reminding his son who was scoring touchdowns first .

“I’m never in competition with him,” Eddie said. “If you ask who was better, I’ll always tip my hat to him. He’s the best.”

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