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Minkah Fitzpatrick says 'it's a blessing' to receive the fifth-year option from the Steelers

Updated: Jun 20, 2021

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It was a no-brainer decision for the Steelers to place the fifth-year option on free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, as he's been named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press the last two seasons. When speaking with the media after today's OTAs practice, Fitzpatrick expressed his gratitude to the Steelers for placing the fifth-year option on him.

"You definitely appreciate it," Fitzpatrick said. "It guarantees me another year in Pittsburgh. Great city, great team, great organization. It's a blessing. Getting that sigh of relief. You don't have to worry about what if, what if, for another two years. It's definitely a blessing. I am happy it happened. I want to make them proud of their decision."

Fitzpatrick's current contract runs through the 2022 season, but he should receive a contract extension either this offseason or after the 2021 season that will keep him in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future, along with making him the highest-paid safety in the league.

In March, Broncos free safety Justin Simmons signed a four-year, $61 million contract with $35 million guaranteed that made him the highest-paid safety in the league, averaging $15.25 million per year. Fitzpatrick should surpass Simmons when he gets his mega-deal, however, especially if he's named first-team AP All-Pro for the third consecutive year.

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