The Steelers signed Minka Fitzpatrick, a two-time All-Pro defenseman, to a new five-year contract; The deal was reportedly worth $73.6 million; “I like the history here. What she means. The standard we hold to.” – Fitzpatrick
Minka Fitzpatrick remains in Pittsburgh after the Steelers signed a five-year deal with their star safety on Wednesday.
Fitzpatrick was ready to enter the final year of his rookie contract.
At times, he has been impressive since arriving in Pittsburgh on a Miami trade in September 2019 and was selected to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro team in each of his first two seasons with the Steelers.
“I’m very excited,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m still in shock right now. This is a blessing. I am so excited. This is just the beginning. I’m glad. I’m glad. Now I just want to keep hacking.
“I like the history here. What does she mean. The standard we hold. The standard that Coach Tomlin upholds, on and off the field. The standard for playoff wins, division titles, and championship games.
“I really like it here. The last three seasons I played well, at a high level. I like the atmosphere, coaching, traditions. Being able to continue this in the next few years is definitely a blessing.”
The Fitzpatrick deal gives the Pittsburgh defense three pillars to build around as they begin the post-Ben Roethlisberger era.
Last summer, the Steelers signed reigning Defensive Guard of the Year T.J. Watt, and veteran All-Pro defenseman Cam Hayward is entering his 12th season with the club.
“Minka is one of the best defensemen in the NFL and we’re thrilled to have him in Pittsburgh for at least the next five years,” said Omar Khan, general manager of the Steelers.