4 easiest offseason decisions for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022

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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39). Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers should re-sign Minkah Fitzpatrick

Talk about a no-brainer. As if the Steelers have any other choice. Believe it or not, I’ve heard fans make the case not to re-sign Minkah Fitzpatrick. While the former All-Pro safety didn’t quite play up to the same level of splash plays he made this past season compared to 2020, he was much better than many analysts give him credit for — particularly in the second half of the season.

Fitzpatrick proved to be a consistent tackler this past year as the last line of defense while also managing some game-saving pass deflections late in the fourth quarter. Minkah has one more year under contract, but players with his reputation rarely wait until their contract is expired to get their extensions.

This is a trend the Steelers broke for T.J. Watt this past season, as he eventually got his new deal late in training camp. They need to be willing to do the same for Fitzpatrick — a player that should have a long, successful career with this team.

For those who argue not to pay him, what’s the alternative? Let him walk after next season and try to get a compensatory third-round pick for him? Minkah Fitzpatrick has earned himself a new deal, and it should be an easy decision for the Steelers to oblige.