Should the Steelers Extend Minkah Fitzpatrick This Year?

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Opinion

As mini camp ends and the Pittsburgh Steelers head into training camp they still have notable players without new contracts. One of which includes a key piece on the defense, free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Often times players looking for contact extensions will hold out of these mandatory offseason programs. However, he was in attendance for the Steelers minicamp this week.

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Shortly after Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury during the 2019 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers acquired Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Miami Dolphins for a first-round draft pick. A move uncharacteristic of Pittsburgh’s front office, in General Manager Kevin Colbert’s 21-year tenure, had never done so.

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Since Fitzpatrick has become one of the most impactful players on the Steelers defense, and in 46 starts recorded 11 interceptions and 244 tackles while being named first-team All-Pro in 2019 and 2020. When looking at the most recent free agent signings, we can turn to the Baltimore Ravens’ acquisition of Marcus Williams from New Orleans. Who signed a 70 million dollar contract over five years this offseason. Since 2019, Williams has recorded 9 interceptions and 188 tackles in 45 starts. Surely, Fitzpatrick is looking to become one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL, and the Pittsburgh Steelers should make that happen.

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