Steelers’ Alex Highsmith signs 4-year, $68 million extension

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Pittsburgh Steelers pass-rusher Alex Highsmith has signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension, his brokers advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Highsmith will make over $27.7 million in ensures and $38 million over the primary two new years of the deal, in response to his brokers.

The Steelers introduced the contract Wednesday however didn’t disclose monetary phrases.

“This implies all the pieces,” Highsmith stated in a press release posted to the group’s web site. “I do know I’m a Pittsburgh Steeler by way of and thru, and simply to be part of this wonderful group for 4 extra years means the world to me, to my spouse, to my entire household. That is the place I need to be. That is the place I need to play ball. I’m unbelievably grateful. I’m tremendous grateful to be right here and might’t wait to get to work. I’m excited.

“This group, it is the historical past. Everybody right here, it is a top-notch group. It is an incredible place to play. I really like enjoying on this protection. I really like the teaching workers. I really like all the pieces about it.”

Highsmith, 25, was getting into the ultimate yr of his four-year rookie cope with the Steelers, who chosen the linebacker within the third spherical of the 2020 NFL draft.

Regardless of not having a long-term deal in place earlier this yr, Highsmith participated in Steelers minicamp and OTAs throughout contract negotiations and expressed confidence that an extension could be accomplished, saying that he wished to stay with Pittsburgh for a very long time.

Highsmith emerged as one of many NFL’s prime pass-rushers final season, recording a career-high 14.5 sacks and a league-leading 5 compelled fumbles. He has 22.5 sacks in 49 profession video games with the Steelers.

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