Chris Boswell of the Steelers will get a four-year extension, tying him as the highest-paid kicker in NFL history.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are locking up one of the best kickers in the NFL. The team is signing Chris Boswell to a four-year, $20 million extension that includes $12.5 million guaranteed. Boswell’s agent Confirmed the agreement on ESPN on Monday immediately following Pittsburgh’s training camp practice from St. Vincent College. The extension tied Boswell with Justin Tucker as the highest-paid kicker in NFL history.

Boswell, 31, was entering the final stretch of his contract. Ironically, Boswell’s last extension was also in the month of August, as Boswell received an extension entering the 2018 regular season.

The Steelers are certainly hoping that Boswell’s first season after the extension will be better than his last. Boswell’s 2018 was arguably his worst since the Steelers were involved in multiple games in the 2015 season. Boswell has since rebounded with three impressive seasons while reasserting himself as one of the NFL’s top kickers.

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A Pro Bowler in 2017, Boswell made 93.5% of his field goal attempts in 2019 and a career-best 95% in 2020. His average dropped to 90% last season, with Boswell making eight of his career-high nine attempts of at least 50 yards. He hit all but two of his 29-point postseason efforts to help the Steelers make the playoffs as the AFC’s seventh seed.

Boswell quickly made his way into the hearts of Steelers fans during his first season in Pittsburgh. This season, he provided immediate stability to a kicking game that was anything but the first four games of the season. After a stellar regular season that saw him make 29 of 32 field goal attempts, Boswell made all seven of his postseason field goal attempts, including the game-winning kick in Pittsburgh’s wild-card win over the Bengals.

Boswell’s postseason success continued from there, as he made a playoff-record six field goals in the Steelers’ win over the Chiefs in the 2016 divisional round. He is 16 of 16 in postseason field goal attempts.

Boswell is the latest Steelers veteran to receive a contract extension. Pittsburgh signed free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to an extension during the offseason, as Fitzpatrick was entering the final year of his rookie contract. The Steelers’ biggest pending contract situation is with receiver Devonta Johnson, who has yet to participate in team practices during camp as he continues to seek a long-term deal before the start of the regular season. Is. A Pro Bowler last year, Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract.