Minkah Fitzpatrick Signs Record Breaking Deal With The Pittsburgh Steelers
News first reported by Adam Schefter. The Pittsburgh Steelers and All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth over $18.4 million per year with $36 million guaranteed at signing. This deal with make Fitzpatrick the highest-paid safety in NFL history.
Fitzpatrick’s $18.4 million annual value slightly edges out Jamal Adams’ $17.6 million per year deal to make him the highest-paid safety in the league.
Fitzpatrick currently has one year left on his rookie contract. As a result, his four-year extension will keep him under contract with the Steelers for at least the next five seasons.
“We are very excited to sign Minkah to a new five-year contract,” said Steelers general Manager Omar Khan, via the team’s website. “Minkah is one of the top safeties in the NFL and we are thrilled he will be in Pittsburgh through at least the next five years. When we traded for him, we knew he was going to be an integral part of our defense and we look forward to that continuing as we prepare for the upcoming season.”Full quote via NFL.com
At just 25 years old, Fitzpatrick has established himself as one of the best safeties in the NFL. During his four-year career, Fitzpatrick has recorded 13 interceptions and 352 total tackles.
“I am very excited,” said Fitzpatrick. “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.”Full quote via NFL.com
Prior to last season, the Steelers agreed to a four-year extension with TJ Watt. With Fitzpatrick getting his deal finalized, the Steelers will have the pillars of their defense under team control for several years.