PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WKBN) – The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially signed safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to a record-breaking five-year contract extension.

The new deal makes him the highest-paid safety in NFL history. It is reportedly worth more than $18.4 million per season with $36 million guaranteed.

“We are very excited to sign Minkah to a new five-year contract,” said Steelers General Manager Omar Khan. “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.”

“I am very excited,” said Fitzpatrick minutes after signing the contract. “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.

“I really like it here. I have been playing well the last three seasons, at a high level. I love the atmosphere, the coaching, the tradition. Being able to continue that for the next few years is definitely a blessing.”

The former first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins piled up 124 tackles last season with two interceptions, one forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Fitzpatrick was dealt from Miami to Pittsburgh in 2019 and made the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons with the Steelers.

In four seasons in the NFL, Fitzpatrick has amassed 350 tackles, 237 of them solo stops, 36 passes defensed, 13 interceptions, including three returned for a touchdown, eight sacks, five tackles for a loss, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.