TJ Watt Talks About His Record Setting New Contract With Pittsburgh Steelers

Published 09/11/2021, 11:45 AM EDT
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 long negotiating saga between TJ Watt and the Pittsburgh Steelers comes to an end, as the franchise had to make a decision due to a fast approaching deadline. The contract negotiation ended happily with T.J. becoming the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

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The 26 year old linebacker sensation received a new four-year extension that is worth $112 million. Furthermore, it includes a $35 million signing bonus and $80 million guaranteed over the next three years, a source told ESPN’s, Jeremy Fowler. With the extension of the contract, this deal has become the largest signing bonus in team history.

TJ Watt the highest paid defensive player in the league

“Man, I’ve been dealing with pressure my whole life,” TJ Watt said. I’m built for this. And I truly believe that nothing monetary will change me as a person. The work that I put in will not change. It will only grow.”

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This record setting contract has put enormous pressure on the linebacker’s shoulders as he now has to perform up to the expectations of the franchise and his coach. Although a player with his caliber is bound to set such record breaking deals. His dedication to his performance and the sport has played an important role in his success.

Le’Veon enjoyed his best years with Pittsburgh Steelers. Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches his team before an AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s my job to prove all these people that have put this amount of money to me and stood on the table to say they want me here, to prove them right. I know I can do it. I know exactly what it takes. I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s just about continuing to do it and staying hungry. And I guarantee everybody here right now and everybody in this building, I am still hungry.”

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Sep 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) and tight end Eric Ebron (85) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrate a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Even when Watt was not training with the team during his negotiations, he worked closely with the Steelers’ strength and conditioning staff throughout training camp. And even the head coach of the Steelers, Mike Tomlin felt optimistic that the young player might pull off the deal.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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