Ben Roethlisberger has a telling admission about Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro Linebacker T.J Watt

Published 09/08/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) just prior to the start of the game against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports


The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a bit of a dilemma. Apart from the uncertainty surrounding the future of veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the side stands the risk of losing another key member of their organization.

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All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt enters the final year of his rookie contract. And thus far, the Steelers have failed to reach an agreement with Watt over a new deal.

Word on the street is that the offer made by the Steelers is not what T.J Watt had in mind following two All-Pro seasons with the franchise.

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Aug 21, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback T.J.Watt warms up before playing the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers as a franchise are known to not engage in contract talks once a new season begins. And that means that time is running out for the franchise to seal the deal.

While the Watt’s future remains shrouded in mystery, he sure has found an ally in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger urges Pittsburgh Steelers to sort out Watt’s contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers started last season with a bang. Going 11-0, the side were seen as favorites to land Super Bowl LV. But then again, we all know how things eventually played out.

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Hoping to correct the mistakes of their past, the side now looks to once again aim for gold in 2021. But without T.J Watt in the mix, achieving that will be a herculean task.

Franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger too seemed to echo the same sentiment while talking to the media on Wednesday.

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“He needs to get paid. He deserves every penny that he wants and asks for. TJ Watt is that guy,” said Roethlisberger.

Drafted 30th overall in the 2017, Watt did not feature in any of his side’s preseason ties and is yet to be a part of any contact 11-on-11 drills.

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Holding out for the pay raise he deserves, is the Steelers don’t move fast, they might end up losing their most important piece on defense.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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