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Pittsburgh Steelers Lock in Alex Highsmith with $68M Extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on July 19, 2023, a significant 4-year, $68M extension for their pass-rusher, Alex Highsmith. Coming hot on the heels of a career-high 14.5 sack season, this signing takes place just a week ahead of the Steelers’ training camp kickoff.

This contract catapults Highsmith into the league’s most elite pass-rushers, positioning him in the top 10 of NFL’s edge rushers club. Now, rubbing shoulders with heavyweights like teammate T.J. Watt, Joey Bosa, and Myles Garrett, Highsmith is just the latest in a string of investments the Steelers have made to their defense in recent years.

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Alex Highsmith himself couldn’t hide his exhilaration and gratitude. “I’m grateful to the Steelers for believing in me,” he expressed at the press conference following the signing. But Highsmith, the team-first player that he is, didn’t leave it at that. He immediately followed up with, “I’m ready to get to work and help the team win.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the NFL’s highest-paid edge rushers, an elite club that now includes Highsmith:

PlayerTeamTotal ValueAvg./Year
TJ WattSteelers$112M$28M
Joey BosaChargers$135M$27M
Myles GarrettBrowns$125M$25M
Khalil MackChargers$141M$23.5M
Maxx CrosbyRaiders$94M$23.5M
Bradley ChubbDolphins$110M$22M
Von MillerBills$120M$20M
Cameron JordanSaints$52.5M$17.5M
Harold LandryTitans$87.5M$17.5M
Alex HighsmithSteelers$68M$17M

With this most recent investment on the defensive side of the ball, the Steelers have sent a powerful message to the opposing offensive lines: Good luck protecting your QB. Highsmith’s new contract solidifies the fact that the Steelers are committed to retaining their young, dominant defenders.