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The Pittsburgh Steelers and star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick reached an agreement on a record four-year extension worth over $18.4 million per year, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Pittsburgh announced the pact as a five-year contract, factoring in the final year of Fitzpatrick’s rookie deal in 2022, according to The Athletic.

“We are very excited to sign Minkah to a new five-year contract,” new Steelers general manager Omar Khan said in a statement. “Minkah is one of the top safeties in the NFL and we are thrilled he will be in Pittsburgh through at least the next five years. When we traded for him, we knew he was going to be an integral part of our defense and we look forward to that continuing as we prepare for the upcoming season.”

The record deal, which includes $36 million guaranteed at signing, makes Fitzpatrick the highest-paid safety in NFL history, topping Jamal Adams of the Seattle Seahawks, according to Spotrac.

RANKSAFETYTEAMANNUAL SALARY
1Minkah FitzpatrickSteelers$18.4M
2Jamal AdamsSeahawks$17.65M
3Harrison SmithVikings$16M
4Justin SimmonsBroncos$15.25
5Budda BakerCardinals$14.75

Fitzpatrick has become a cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s defense since joining the team via trade from the Miami Dolphins during the 2019 season. The 25-year-old, who has two first-team All-Pro nods under his belt, racked up 203 tackles, 27 pass breakups, and 11 interceptions in 46 regular-season games with the Steelers.

“I am very excited,” Fitzpatrick said Wednesday. “I am still kind of in shock right now. It’s a blessing. I am really excited. It’s just the beginning. I am appreciative. I am thankful. Now I just want to keep on chopping.

“I love the history here. What it stands for. The standard we are held to. The standard coach (Mike) Tomlin holds us to, on the field and off the field. The standard of winning playoff games, division titles, and championship games.”

The Alabama product entered the NFL as the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded a 2020 first-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for disgruntled safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The Steelers are also giving up a fifth-round selection in 2020 and a sixth-rounder in 2021, while getting the Dolphins’ fourth-round pick in 2020 and a seventh-rounder in 2021.

Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick of the 2018 draft, had grown unhappy with his usage in the Dolphins’ defense. The team allowed the defensive back to seek a trade.

“We are very excited to add Minkah to our defense,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Tuesday in a release. “We had him rated very high during the 2018 NFL Draft process and we thought that he could be an impact player in this league.”

The rebuilding Dolphins are focusing on the future and now hold three first-round picks in the 2020 draft. Miami acquired the Houston Texans’ first-rounder in an August trade that sent star left tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills packing.

Meanwhile, the Steelers get a 22-year-old star who can play safety, linebacker, or slot corner. Fitzpatrick is signed through 2021 on his four-year, $16.4-million rookie deal, and he’s also eligible for a fifth-year option.

The first-round pick that Pittsburgh sent to Miami could end up being valuable, as the Steelers have started this year 0-2 and lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending injury.

The Miami Dolphins have granted second-year defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick permission to seek a trade, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

However, Miami could have a tough time finding a trade partner, as its asking price on the former Alabama star is reportedly too high.

A Dolphins official said the team isn’t actively shopping Fitzpatrick but didn’t deny that he’s been allowed to look for a new home.

Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, enjoyed a fine rookie year but has voiced displeasure over his new role under first-year head coach Brian Flores.

Last season, Fitzpatrick played 40 percent of his snaps as the slot cornerback, yielding a passer rating against of 49.7, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. In Week 1 of the 2019 campaign, Fitzpatrick spent most of his afternoon against the Baltimore Ravens playing near the tackle box.

“I’m not 215 pounds, 220 pounds,” Fitzpatrick said in the preseason. “So playing in the box isn’t best suited for me, but that’s what coach is asking me to do.”

The Dolphins have reportedly received trade requests from multiple veteran players since losing 59-10 to the Ravens. Miami gutted its roster before the season, sending established players such as T.J. McDonald, Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, and Kiko Alonso packing while bracing for a full-scale rebuild.

Fitzpatrick broke up nine passes and notched two interceptions as a rookie. He made six tackles in his 2019 debut.