PITTSBURGH — The agreement was reached after just a few weeks' negotiations.Made This is the highest-paid safety position in the NFL, with a four-year extension that exceeds $18.4 Million per year.
Fitzpatrick is 25 years old and is the highest-paid player at his position. The Steelers defense is also among the most costly in cash and cap values.
Fitzpatrick stated Thursday that the money does not motivate defense personnel to perform. It affirms that they have to live up to the standard expected of them with such a large paycheck.
Fitzpatrick said, “The money is blessing, the money creates possibility for everyone around us, in our families, and it's more what their saying with the money.” “They trust you to do the right thing and be the best. They want you to win against the best.
“It is more of this, that I am trying to hold myself accountable to, rather that saying, “I got paid, so I have to play well.” These guys trust me with this much money and this much responsibility. It's not true. Now it's my duty go out and play at a high standard and prove that I'm worthy of this compensation.
Fitzpatrick was Omar Khan's first general manager, and the deal was done in just a few short weeks.
Fitzpatrick stated that Omar and Mr. Rooney had wanted to do the same thing about the contract's timing. They reached out a few months ago to say they were available to begin the negotiation process. It's not clear if we sent an email, but they sent one. After that, we exchanged emails for a bit. This is when they really wanted to make it happen.
It went much faster than the original.After contract negotiations that stretched through training camp, he became the highest-paid pass rusher just days before the start the regular season.
Although the timelines were different the results are largely the same.
With Watt and Fitzpatrick's contracts, the Steelers are one of five teams with multiple defensive players who are making at least $18 million per year in their current contract, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
You can also hire former employeesBrian Flores is the Steelers' senior defensive assistant. The Steelers' commitment in paying top-dollar players to their defense signals the team’s direction and future identity after Ben Roethlisberger's departure. According to ESPN's Roster Management System, the Steelers' defensive contracts have a cap value that is almost twice that of their offensive players.
These moves are reminiscent of those made by the Steelers in 2019, when Roethlisberger was sidelined in Week 2 due to a season-ending elbow injury. After Roethlisberger was announced, the Steelers bought Fitzpatrick (Miami) for a first round pick. Fitzpatrick felt that this was a sign of the team's desire to win and that it confirmed the safety ideals.
Three years later, now the Steelers face a Roethlisbergerless future and they are turning to Fitzpatrick to help them navigate the transition.
Fitzpatrick said, “The most important thing about this company is their commitment to winning.” “Everything we do, including me coming here, is a commitment towards winning.
It could have been a season in which we lost our legendary Hall of Fame quarterback. Or it could have been a season when they were just unable to win anymore. They acquired me, along with a few other players, and stated that they would do whatever it takes to win games.
“If you're going to win in defense, you must win on defense.” While it wasn’t a perfect season it was still a season dedicated to winning. We went out there and that set the tone of these last few seasons. It proved to me that this program was a winner, and they are willing to do anything to win.”