Steelers, OLB Alex Highsmith agree to 4-year, $68M extension

Pittsburgh Steelers Alex Highsmith (56) reacts after sacking New Orleans Saints Andy Dalton (14) during the first half at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA on November 13, 2022. Pittsburgh Steelers Vs New Orleans Saints Week 10
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Outside linebacker Alex Highsmith agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday

“This organization, it’s the history. Everyone here, it’s a top-notch organization. It’s an amazing place to play,” Highsmith said in a team-issued release. “I love playing on this defense. I love the coaching staff. I love everything about it. I am so thankful to (team president) Mr. (Art) Rooney, (general manager) Omar (Khan) for allowing me to be here for another four years. I am ready to get after it and get to work.”

Multiple reports pegged the value of the extension at $68 million, which would push Highsmith into the top 10 for annual pay among pass rushers.

Highsmith posted a career-best 14.5 sacks in 2022 and was entering the final season of his four-year, $4.499 million rookie contract prior to the extension.

Highsmith, 25, tied for the NFL lead with five forced fumbles last season and has 22.5 career sacks.

ESPN reported Highsmith receives $38 million guaranteed in the first two years of the deal.

A third-round pick in 2020, Highsmith has 38 starts in 49 career games.

–Field Level Media

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