The Steelers have exercised the fifth-year option on Fitzpatrick's rookie contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
This was a no-brainer, considering Fitzpatrick has been fantastic and the fifth-year option is guaranteed for injury only. The 24-year-old safety has nine interceptions and three defensive touchdowns in 30 regular-season games for the Steelers, earning First Team All-Pro honors in back-to-back years.
Fitzpatrick totaled five tackles (four solo) and one pass defense in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns.
Fitzpatrick made a significant impact for the Steelers during his first full season with the team in 2020. The 24-year-old recorded at least five tackles in each of the last four weeks of the season, finishing the year with 79 tackles (60 solo), four interceptions, one forced fumble and one touchdown. Fitzpatrick has played all 16 games in each of his first three seasons in the league, and he'll attempt to remain effective in the playoffs this year and in the final year of his contract in 2021.
Fitzpatrick recorded five tackles (three solo) and two interceptions in Sunday's 27-3 win over the Jaguars.
The Steelers put on a defensive clinic in Sunday's Week 11 win, and Fitzpatrick was a key contributor once again. The 2018 first-rounder has recorded at least five tackles in each of the last five games, and he now has four interceptions this year.
Fitzpatrick recorded six tackles (five solo) one interception, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys.
Fitzpatrick played a key role in Sunday's win, as he recovered a fumble just before halftime that led to a field goal while also logging an interception in the end zone to prevent a Cowboys touchdown. The 2018 first-rounder has been productive in his first full season with the Steelers, racking up 36 tackles (26 solo), two interceptions, one touchdown and one fumble recovery over the first eight games of the year.
Fitzpatrick and Vince Williams will serve as the key communicators for the Steelers defense now that Devin Bush (knee-ACL) is set to undergo season-ending surgery, Mike Prisuta of the team's official site reports.
Having played 100 percent of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps this season, Fitzpatrick was a seeming fit to shoulder the responsibility of relaying play calls to the defense. Fitzpatrick wasn't quite as impactful over the first quarter of the regular season this year compared to his All-Pro campaign of 2019, but he did come up with a game-breaking contribution during a Week 6 win over Cleveland, registering a 33-yard pick-six off of Baker Mayfield.
Fitzpatrick recorded four tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.
After playing two games with Miami Fitzpatrick joined Pittsburgh and played the remaining 14 games. He finished the 2019 season with 69 tackles -- 57 with the Steelers -- a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries -- one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also finished tied for fourth in the league -- sharing the team lead with Joe Haden -- with five interceptions including another touchdown. Fitzpatrick now has seven interceptions -- including two pick-sixes -- in two seasons and is under contract until 2023.
Fitzpatrick recorded five tackles (two solo) in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Jets.
Fitzpatrick hasn't made many big plays in recent weeks. He has just one pass breakup and no interceptions or sacks over his last six games while making more than three tackles just twice in that span.
Fitzpatrick tallied two tackles, both solo, in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Fitzpatrick has notched only three tackles over the past two weeks, but played every defensive snap over that timespan and should continue to do so. He will have a chance to take advantage of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who has been turnover-prone at times this season, in Week 16.
Fitzpatrick notched one solo tackle in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
It was a season-low for Fitzpatrick. He has fewer than five tackles in five of his last seven games but has contributed four interceptions, six pass breakups and two fumble recoveries in that time.
Fitzpatrick recorded six tackles (one solo) and had a fumble recovery in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.
With the Steelers clinging to a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter and the Bengals driving downfield, Devin Bush forced a Tyler Boyd fumble at the eight-yard line that Fitzpatrick scooped up and returned for 36 yards. It was his third fumble recovery -- and second with Pittsburgh -- giving him eight takeaways in 2019. Despite having a +10 turnover differential this season, Pittsburgh failed to have any takeaways against Week 13 opponent Cleveland when they met two weeks ago.
Fitzpatrick recorded four tackles (three solo), one interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown in Sunday's 17-12 win over the Rams.
Fitzpatrick continues to pay huge dividends since joining the Steelers and has scored in two straight games. This time he took a fumble and returned it 43 yards late in the first half to give Pittsburgh a 14-7 lead that it would not relinquish. With the score 17-12 in the final minute of the game, Fitzpatrick intercepted a Jared Goff pass intended for Robert Woods to preserve the victory. Fitzpatrick now has four interceptions in the last three games and five in seven games with Pittsburgh.
Fitzpatrick recorded seven tackles (four solo) and had an interception for a touchdown in Sunday's 26-24 win over the Colts.
Fitzpatrick stepped in front of a pass from backup quarterback Brian Hoyer to Jack Doyle near the goal line and ran 96 yards to tie the game at 10-10 late in the first half. It was the second-longest regular-season pick six in franchise history. Fitzpatrick has three interceptions in the last two games and four in six games with Pittsburgh.
Fitzpatrick had two tackles (one solo) and two interceptions in Monday's 27-14 win over the Dolphins.
Selected by Miami with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Fitzpatrick made his former team pay for trading him earlier this season. His first interception of the game came on a pass intended for Nick O'Leary that led to Pittsburgh's first touchdown, and his second came on a pass intended for Jakeem Grant. Pittsburgh scored on the ensuing drive after the latter pick to take a 17-14 lead they never relinquished. Fitzpatrick now has three interceptions in five games with Pittsburgh but may not have as much success in Week 9 again Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has only thrown three interceptions this season.
Fitzpatrick had five tackles (four solo) and an interception in Sunday's 24-20 loss to San Francisco.
Fitzpatrick was acquired from Miami this past week and his presence was felt in his first game with Pittsburgh. He intercepted a pass in the first quarter and then forced a red zone fumble in the second quarter that was recovered by Devin Bush, making him the first Pittsburgh player with an interception and forced fumble in the opening half of a game since 2008 (James Harrison). Fitzpatrick now has two forced fumbles in his last two games and faces Cincinnati -- with five fumbles already -- in Week 4.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Fitzpatrick will start at free safety and the team doesn't plan to move him around, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Fitzpatrick was unhappy in Miami and ultimately requested a trade partly because of the Dolphins' willingness to shift him around among multiple positions, including safety and cornerback. The Dolphins had little choice but to move Fitzpatrick around due to their lack of talented players on defense, but the Steelers don't have that issue, with a strong group of cornerbacks in Joe Haden (shoulder), Steven Nelson and Artie Burns. Expect the Steelers to hold steady with Fitzpatrick at free safety, and he won't face any real competition for snaps unless Sean Davis (shoulder) returns from IR in Week 11. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Fitzpatrick will play Sunday versus the 49ers, but Tomlin may limit his role to start out.
The Steelers acquired Fitzpatrick from the Dolphins on Monday in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Just a week after requesting a trade, the 2018 first-round pick had his request granted. Over his 18 career games with the Dolphins, Fitzpatrick saw action at both cornerback and safety, but he figures to see the bulk of his action at the latter position in Pittsburgh. Expect Fitzpatrick to immediately slide into the starting lineup at free safety as a replacement for Sean Davis, who is battling a shoulder injury. Fitzpatrick flashed some intriguing potential as a rookie last season for Miami, racking up 80 stops, nine pass breakups and two interceptions.
Fitzpatrick notched six tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble, which he recovered, during Sunday's 43-0 loss to the Patriots.
Fitzpatrick logged a strong performance despite the Dolphins struggling as a whole. The 2018 first-round pick is reportedly exploring trade options, and his showing during Sunday's game could help garner interest from teams around the league. Barring a deal getting done in quick fashion, Fitzpatrick is expected to play a starting role in Miami's secondary versus the Cowboys in Week 3.
Fitzpatrick was given permission from the Dolphins to explore potential trade opportunities, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The 2018 first-round pick is apparently unhappy after playing three or four different positions against the Ravens in Week 1, which follows an offseason where he was "uncomfortable" with his role under new coach Brian Flores. The Dolphins are apparently seeking a first-round pick in the potential return for the 22-year-old, which makes a trade seem unlikely in the imminent future. Fitzpatrick played 48 of 71 defensive snaps and had six tackles (four solo) in the season opener and is still expected to play in Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Fitzpatrick logged two tackles (one solo) during Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills. He finishes the year with 80 tackles, nine passes defended and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Fitzpatrick underperformed during Miami's season finale, but that doesn't take much away from what was an impressive rookie season as a whole. The 2018 first-round pick played over 95 percent of the Dolphins' defensive snaps from Week 9 to Week 17 and drew the start at four positions during that time -- nickel, slot and outside cornerback, in addition to safety -- sometimes even shifting positions on a weekly basis. The 22-year-old's outstanding versatility all but guarantees his position as a key piece of Miami's defense for the foreseeable future.
Fitzpatrick logged six tackles (all solo), two passes defended and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Vikings.
Fitzpatrick filled in for star cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) during the Week 15 loss and managed to score his first career touchdown. The rookie first-round pick delivered a big play with the Dolphins trailing 21-0 midway through the second quarter, perfectly reading a short pass intended for Stefon Diggs and picking off Kirk Cousins. Fitzpatrick then outran Diggs, returning the interception 50 yards for a touchdown and putting Miami on the board. If Howard is unable to suit up again against the Jaguars in Week 16, Fitzpatrick will carry significant upside in IDP formats.
|Mon 09/14||@ NYG||W 26-16||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/20||vs DEN||W 26-21||4||2||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||vs HOU||W 28-21||5||0||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/11||vs PHI||W 38-29||3||1||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||vs CLE||W 38-7||0||1||1||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||@ TEN||W 27-24||3||2||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||@ BAL||W 28-24||4||3||7||0||0||1||1||0|
|Sun 11/08||@ DAL||W 24-19||5||1||6||0||1||2||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||vs CIN||W 36-10||6||0||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ JAC||W 27-3||3||2||5||0||2||2||0||0|
|Wed 12/02||vs BAL||W 19-14||3||0||3||0||0||2||0||0|
|Mon 12/07||vs WAS||L 17-23||2||1||3||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||@ BUF||L 15-26||4||2||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 12/21||@ CIN||L 17-27||6||1||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||vs IND||W 28-24||6||2||8||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ CLE||L 22-24||4||1||5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 01/10||vs CLE||L 37-48||4||2||6||0||0||0||0||0|
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