Publish Date: 08/02/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell has reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension. The news also stated that Boswell would receive a contract of $20 million as part of this extension agreement in addition to the additional guaranteed money of $12,5 million on Monday.
With an average salary of $5 million and $4.85 million, respectively, Tucker and Younghoe Koo of the Atlanta Falcons are the only players who can compete with Boswell, thanks to this arrangement. Besides, Boswell is claimed to have earned $3,26 million this season with a $4,948 million cap hit before the deal.
In the last season, he made an amazing 8 of 9 field goals of 50 yards or more for the Steelers, including a long of 56 yards against the Raiders. He also made 27 of 29 extra points for the Steelers, making this one of the greatest seasons of his career. Out of 28 kickers who tried 50 more field goal attempts over the course of the previous three seasons, Boswell was ranked third overall in the accuracy of attempted goals.
When he first joined the Steelers, Boswell was able to make his first 17 kicks and convert 63 of 67 attempts. Under the particular coordination of Danny Smith, Boswell has since scored a total of 182 goals out of 206 goal attempts, giving him a tremendous conversion rate record of 88,6 percent. He was also selected for the 2017 Pro Bowl where he was the team’s placekicker.
In addition to holding the record for the most field goals made by a rookie in a playoff game, the Texas native had a strong performance previous to joining the Pittsburgh Steelers. He made a 56-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of a game against the Las Vegas Raiders played in Acrisure Stadium.
Boswell stated in an interview that he claimed despite his belief that he would be offered a contract, his only concentration was on playing for the team. This interview actually comes one day after Gerry Dulac, a Steelers source, claimed that they had not discussed the contract that would keep Boswell for the Steelers through the 2026 campaign.
“I am sure, I am sure,” Boswell said in a statement.
“But I am here to kick, and I am here to do what I can for the team; I am not here to think about a contract or numbers. I am going to go out there (and work); I made it that way this far in my career, so I am not going to start worrying about that (contract situation) now.”
Prior to the agreement, Steelers head coach Danny Smith expressed hope for greater playing time for Boswell and the club, and he said that Boswell “will get a new deal at some point.”
“ ‘Boz’ has done exactly what we’ve asked him to do,” Smith said.
Boswell is the most recent Steelers player to sign a contract extension. Prior to him, Minkah Fitzpatrick had just entered the last year of his rookie deal when Pittsburgh inked him to an extension during the summer. Meanwhile, Diontae Johnson is the biggest contract pending for the Steelers as he hasn’t joined in any Steelers activities.