The Pittsburgh Steelers have shelled out the big bucks to their kicker Chris Boswell.

Boswell put pen to paper on a five-year contract worth nearly $20 million on Thursday. The deal runs through the 2022 season.

Boswell was set to become a free agent after earning $2.9 million throughout the 2018 season. With his new contract, Boswell signed the second largest deal for a kicker in the entire NFL, only trailing Ryan Succop of the Tennessee Titans by about $300,000. 

The 27-year-old kicker spent time on the Houston Texans and New York Giants practice squads in 2014 and 2015, respectively, before signing with the ​Steelers. Boswell has since established himself as one of the best in the league, making 89.5 percent of his field-goal attempts for his career and earning his first Pro Bowl nomination in 2017.

While Boswell definitely deserved a new contract, it is really interesting to note that Boswell got his contract extension before star running back LeVeon Bell, who has long been in a ​contract struggle with the Steelers organization. 

At the same time, there's no denying the stud kicker earned this.