PITTSBURGH – Minkah Fitzpatrick is starting his summer vacation on a well-paid day after signing a deal to become the NFL’s highest-paid security.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed a four-year extension for their star protection that will pay Fitzpatrick more than $ 18.4 million per year, WME Sports, Fitzpatrick’s agency, confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schaefter on Wednesday.
A $ 36 million guarantee was also offered at the signing of Fitzpatrick, Schafter confirmed.
“I’m very excited,” Fitzpatrick said. “Right now I’m still in shock. It’s a blessing. I’m really excited. It’s just the beginning. I’m grateful. I’m grateful. Now I just want to keep cutting.”
The five-year contract includes a four-year extension starting in 2023, on top of the one year left by Fitzpatrick on his previous contract. This is the first major deal negotiated by Pittsburgh’s new general manager Omar Khan, and Jamal backs अॅ 17.5 million a year from Adams’ deal.
“We look forward to Minkah signing a new five-year contract,” Khan said. “Minkah is one of the top securities in the NFL and we are thrilled that he will be in Pittsburgh for at least the next five years. When we traded for him we knew he was going to be an integral part of our defense Look. “
Since the Steelers bought Fitzpatrick from the Dolphins in exchange for a first-round draft pick in 2019, the Alabama product has entered 11 interceptions and made three defensive touchdowns. He has forced three fumbles and recovered four.
While signing Fitzpatrick, the Steelers have invested significant resources in securing their defensive anchors in T.J. Watt, Cam Hayward and Fitzpatrick at least until 2024. Last season, the Steelers signed VAT, the best defensive player of the year, for a four-year, $ 112 million extension.