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.
K Chris Boswell signs new 5-year deal with Steelers for $19.72 M, through 2022. He was set to play as RFA for $2.9 million in 2018.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 23, 2018
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.
LMAOOOOOOOOOOO the Steelers really paid Chris Boswell before Le’Veon Bell #hegone— Stri:(a (@StrikaNation24_) August 23, 2018
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.