The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Wednesday that All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has signed a new five-year contract that includes a four-year extension and covers the last year of his current deal.
“I am very excited,” Fitzpatrick said minutes after signing the contract. “I am still kind of in shock right now. It’s a blessing. I am really excited. It’s just the beginning. I am appreciative. I am thankful. Now I just want to keep on chopping.”
Fitzpatrick’s agent verified that the agreement is worth more than $18.4 million per year, making him the highest-paid safety in NFL history, and contains a $36 million guarantee. Jamal Adams of the Seattle Seahawks, who earns $17.5 million a year, was the highest-paid safety in the NFL prior to Wednesday.
Fitzpatrick, 25, was picked in the first round of the 2016 draft by the Miami Dolphins, who traded him to the Steelers after Week 2 of the 2019 season. Since arriving in Pittsburgh, Fitzpatrick has gotten better. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2019 and 2020, and was also chosen as a First-Team All-Pro in both of those years. He had 124 tackles in 2021, his first season with more than 100, which was a 45 tackle jump from his 2020 total. He has reeled in 11 interceptions over his three years with the Steelers, and played in all but one game, starting the other 46.
“I love the history here. What it stands for. The standard we are held to. The standard Coach [Mike] Tomlin holds us to, on the field and off the field. The standard of winning playoff games, division titles and championship games.
After signing the contract, Fitzpatrick discussed why he’s so thrilled to continue playing for the Steelers.
“I really like it here. I have been playing well the last three seasons, at a high level. I love the atmosphere, the coaching, the tradition. Being able to continue that for the next few years is definitely a blessing.”
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