The Steelers have exercised their fifth-year option on free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick for the 2022 season, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The Steelers held a fifth-year option on Fitzpatrick because he was the Miami Dolphins’ first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh acquired Fitzpatrick early in the 2019 season for their 2020 first-round draft pick. He’s been an Associated Press All-Pro selection in each of his first two seasons with the Steelers.
Because Fitzpatrick has been to multiple Pro Bowls on his rookie contract, his 2022 fifth-year option will carry the same weight as a franchise tag at his position, which amounts to $10.812 million. That contract will be fully guaranteed.
The Steelers also have to make a decision on the fifth-year option of their own 2018 first-round draft pick, fellow safety Terrell Edmunds. Edmunds will be due $6.753 million.