Minkah Fitzpatrick: Having 2022 option picked up “a sigh of relief”

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There are going to be some changes to the way the Steelers secondary looks this season, but the best player from last year’s group remains in place.

Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was named a first-team All-Pro for the second straight season and will help to make replacements for departed cornerbacks Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson comfortable as they head into the 2021 campaign. The Steelers ensured that won’t be Fitzpatrick’s last year in Pittsburgh by exercising their contract option for 2022 this offseason.

“You definitely appreciate it,” Fitzpatrick said, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It guarantees me another year in Pittsburgh — a great city, great team, great organization. It was a sigh of relief. I don’t have to worry about the ‘what if’ for another two years. It’s definitely a blessing. I’m happy and I’m going to make them proud of their decision.”

The next step on the contract front would be for the Steelers and Fitzpatrick to work out a long-term deal. That may not happen this offseason, but another year like the last two would make it all the likelier that the Steelers do what’s needed to keep him around for years to come.

5 responses to “Minkah Fitzpatrick: Having 2022 option picked up “a sigh of relief”

  1. Steelers would’ve been foolish not to, as 30 other teams would sign him instantly. Miami has to be wondering sometimes why it didn’t work with him?

  2. Yes, breathe a sigh of relief you don’t have to worry about being paid your worth as one of the best defensive players in the NFL for another two years instead of one. The horror!

  3. So strange. This guy is good, bur a freelancer and gets burned a lot as much as he makes plays.

    Definitely not “1st team all pro” level of play, 2 years in a row.

    Funny to me how Devin McCourty has 1 All Pro year, his rookie year, but the jealousy of sb rings and appearances, blocks his All Pro level of play. Seeing guys like Hightower and Van Noy also get glossed over is absolutely hilarious.

    JC Jackson, too. The list goes on and on.

  4. Patriots are looking at another losing season. Belichick is hanging by a thread. Double digits in the loss column coming up.

  5. I don’t know why New England is even going to take the field this year. Why bother? No quarterback, no running game, no O-line and a less-than-terrible defense. Add to that a clueless coaching staff and you’ve got a last place team.

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