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Steelers' Artie Burns buys 'big boy toy' with new NFL deal

As the 25th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns gets a four-year deal worth about $9.6 million with a $5.2 million signing bonus.

The new dad used some of that money to purchase a family-functional vehicle that also satisfies the car lover in him.

"A big boy toy," said a smiling Burns, his nickname for his 2016 black Cadillac Escalade.

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This wasn't an impulse buy. Burns had liked the truck for a while and wanted to make it happen this offseason. He doesn't consider himself a big spender. Mostly, he's focused on his family's transition to Pittsburgh.

Burns has a girlfriend, a 1-year-old daughter and two younger brothers, for whom he'll help care. As ESPN chronicled in early June, Burns and his brothers have overcome adversity after his father's imprisonment for cocaine trafficking and his mother's death because of a heart attack in October. His dad, Artie Burns Sr., is serving a 25-year sentence in the South Carolina department of corrections.

Burns planned to move both brothers to Pittsburgh.

"I'm the provider of my household," Burns said.

At work, Burns is provided with plenty of coverage assignments on All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown. Burns said the reps against Brown have been helpful and he'll "keep working on my tricks" this offseason to better cover Brown and other receivers in training camp.