The Pittsburgh Steelers lock up one of the best kickers in the NFL. The team signs Chris Boswell to a four-year, $20 million extension, with $12.5 million guaranteed. Boswell’s Constable confirmed the case to ESPN on Monday, shortly after Pittsburgh’s training camp practice from Saint Vincent College. The extension ties Boswell to Justin Tucker as the highest paid kickers in NFL history.
Boswell, 31, was entering the conclusion of his contract. Ironically, Boswell’s last extension also came during August, as Boswell received an extension going into the 2018 regular season.
The Steelers are surely hoping that Boswell’s first season after an extension will be better than the last. Boswell’s 2018 season was arguably his worst since joining the Steelers several games into the 2015 season. Boswell has since bounced back with three stellar seasons while re-establishing himself as one of the best kickers in the game. NFL.
A Pro Bowler in 2017, Boswell made 93.5% of his field goal attempts in 2019 and a career-high 95% of his field goal attempts in 2020. While his average dipped to 90% last season, Boswell achieved eight of his nine attempts, a career high. at least 50 meters. He also made all but two of his 29 point attempts afterwards while helping the Steelers qualify for the playoffs as the AFC’s seventh seed.
Boswell immediately won the hearts of Steelers fans in his first season in Pittsburgh. That season, he provided instant stability to a kicking game that had been anything but for 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 playoff field goal attempts, including the game-winning kick in Pittsburgh’s wildcard win over the Bengals.
Boswell’s playoff success continued from there, as he made a playoff-record six field goals in the Steelers’ victory over the Chiefs in the 2016 Divisional Round. is a perfect 16 of 16 in playoff field goal attempts.
Boswell is the latest Steelers veteran to receive a contract extension. Pittsburgh signed free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to an offseason extension, as Fitzpatrick entered the final year of his rookie contract. The Steelers’ biggest pending contract situation is with receiver Diontae Johnson, who has yet to participate in team drills during camp as he continues to seek a long-term deal ahead of the start of the season. regular. A Pro Bowler last year, Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract.