Steelers new hefty contract to Alex Highsmith brings positive and negative outlooks

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We have reached the point of the year on the football calendar where news starts to pick back up. Training camp is right around the corner and certain players could see their contract status with the team be re-upped. It has been a rather boring couple of months since the draft ended, even though minicamp did give fans a taste of what was to come.

Omar Khan has been busy this offseason and he is determined to keep the good players on this roster around for years to come. He proved that again today with the Alex Highsmith deal after inking Minkah Fitzpatrick last year around this time too. Normally keeping a good player on your team is all positive, but the most recent Highsmith extension has gotten some mixed reviews.

Steelers re-sign Alex Highsmith to a new five-year contract worth near $70 million

News broke earlier today that star pass rusher Alex Highsmith would be re-signing with the Steelers on a five-year deal worth around $70 million. He has been a great story to watch develop ever since he was chosen in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft. He was able to grow his role from a third outside linebacker to a starter.

Showing a constant sign of improvement is something that is never easy in the NFL, but Highsmith has been able to accomplish that. His best season was last year as he showed that he could be a guy that applies pressure even without T.J. Watt in the lineup. His performance last year made him more of a piece that needed to be re-signed by the organization.