Minkah Fitzpatrick won’t be getting an extension any time soon. Since the Steelers recently picked up the cornerback’s fifth-year option, the team “won’t extend” the player’s contract, per Ed Bouchette of The Athletic.
The fifth-year option locks in Fitzpatrick through the 2022 season, so there’s no urgency on the front office’s part to lock the player in to a long-term pact. After Fitzpatrick plays out the fourth year of his rookie pact in 2021, the defensive back will earn a fully guaranteed $10.612MM in 2022. Of course, this number could end up being irrelevant if Fitzpatrick and the organization agree to an extension next offseason.