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Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds are both due fifth-year options in 2021


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Safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds were both first-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, Fitzpatrick selected at 11th overall by the Miami Dolphins and Edmunds picked at 28th overall by the Steelers. Both Fitzpatrick and Edmunds will be heading into their fourth season in the NFL in 2021, and they are due fifth-year team options that must be exercised by May 3.


Since the fifth-year option was put into place in 2011, Jarvis Jones (2013 draft) and Artie Burns (2016 draft) were the only options not exercised. This is the first time that the Steelers have two players in the same year that have fifth-year options due.


Fitzpatrick has been named first-team All-Pro in his two seasons with the Steelers since being traded by the Dolphins in September of 2019. Edmunds has been a mixed bag in his three seasons with the Steelers, but he did show improvements at times this season. He hasn't been as bad as Jones and Burns to not receive the fifth-year option though.


With both safeties expected to get the fifth-year options, the pair will be together at least through the 2022 season. Fitzpatrick should get a long-term deal done with the Steelers next offseason. Edmunds still has more to prove for the Steelers to commit to him for several years.



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