The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to a new contract extension that makes him the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Fitzpatrick has come to terms on a four-year contract extension with a new money average of $18.4 million per year. $36 million of that is guaranteed at signing, per the report.
Fitzpatrick was previously scheduled to earn $10.612 million in 2022 as part of the team picking up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract over a year ago. The new money total for Fitzpatrick is reportedly $73.6 million. If true, the total value of his deal is likely right around $84.212 million.
The Steelers acquired Fitzpatrick via a trade with the Miami Dolphins a few weeks into the 2019 season. Since coming to Pittsburgh, Fitzpatrick, a former first-round draft pick out of Alabama, has registered 203 total tackles, 11 interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He has scored three defensive touchdowns as a member of the Steelers.
Prior to Fitzpatrick’s new deal, Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams was the highest-paid at the position at 17.5 million per year.
Fitzpatrick via team release: “I am very excited. 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.”
Steelers and All-Pro S Minkah Fitzpatrick reached agreement on a massive four-year contract extension worth over $18.4 million per year, with $36M gtd at signing, per source. The deal, negotiated and confirmed by @WME_Sports, makes Fitzpatrick the highest paid S in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/Rnb0jJWGoM
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 15, 2022
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