PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick is starting her summer vacation with a great payday after agreeing a deal to become the NFL’s highest-paid safety.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed their star safety to a four-year extension that will earn Fitzpatrick more than $18.4 million a year, Fitzpatrick’s agency WME Sports confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday.
Fitzpatrick also received $36 million guaranteed upon signing, Schefter confirmed.
“I’m very excited,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m still a bit in shock right now. It’s a blessing. I’m really excited. It’s just the beginning. I appreciate it. I’m grateful. Now I just want to keep cutting.”
The five-year contract includes the four-year extension which begins in 2023 in addition to the year Fitzpatrick had left on his previous contract. It is the first major contract negotiated by new Pittsburgh general manager Omar Khan, and tops that of Jamal Adams for $17.5 million a year.
“We are very happy to sign Minkah to a new five-year contract,” Khan said. “Minkah is one of the best safeties in the NFL and we are thrilled to have him in Pittsburgh for at least the next five years. When we traded him, we knew he would be an integral part of our defense, and We can’t wait for that to continue as we prepare for the season ahead.”
Since the Steelers acquired Fitzpatrick from the Dolphins in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick, the Alabama product has had 11 interceptions and scored three defensive touchdowns. He also forced three fumbles and recovered four.
By signing Fitzpatrick, the Steelers invested significant resources to secure their defensive anchors in TJ Watt, Cam Heyward and Fitzpatrick through at least 2024. Last season, the Steelers signed Watt, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, to a four-year, $112 million extension.