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Steelers place the fifth-year option on Minkah Fitzpatrick

Updated: May 3, 2021

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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers have placed the fifth-year option on free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The decision comes as no surprise as Fitzpatrick was first-team All-Pro in 2019 and 2020 after the Steelers traded with the Dolphins for him in September of 2019.

Strong safety Terrell Edmunds is also up for a fifth-year option, so it will be interesting to see if the Steelers place it on him by May 3, which is the deadline.

Since Fitzpatrick has made two Pro Bowls in his career, he'll earn $10.621 million on the fifth-year option. Edmunds would make just above $6 million with the fifth-year option.

In two seasons with the Steelers, Fitzpatrick has recorded 79 total tackles, 60 of those being solos, nine interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, 20 passes defended, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, with one of those being returned for a touchdown.

Fitzpatrick quote tweeted Rapoport's post and said "Blessings."

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