The Pittsburgh Steelers just locked up a key part of their defense on a massive new deal. According to ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Steelers and star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick have reached an agreement over a new contract that will see him become the highest-paid safety in NFL history. According to Schefter, the contract will pay Fitzpatrick over $18.4 million per season and will run for four years. The deal will see Fitzpatrick pocket $36 million in guaranteed money.

In total, Fitzpatrick will make over $73 million throughout the course of his new deal. That will see him earn more than the previous record-setting deal for a safety, which was held by Seahawks' Jamal Adams, who signed a four-year $70 million deal in 2021. Adams' deal, however, guaranteed him $38 million, a bit more than what Fitzpatrick's deal entails.

Last season with the Steelers, Fitzpatrick racked up 124 tackles, recording two interceptions and 7 pass breakups in his third year in Pittsburgh. The Steelers acquired Fitzpatrick from the Dolphins in a blockbuster trade in 2019, and he's since gone on to feature in two NFL First-Team All-Pros while making two Pro Bowls, too.

The former Alabama star, who was the No. 11 overall pick in 2018, has become one of the best safeties in football, and the Steelers are making sure he's sticking around for the long haul by signing him to this new deal. He'll hope to repay their faith in him with another dominant campaign in the secondary, helping the Steelers retain their status as one of the most feared defensive units in the league.