Steelers sign first-rounder T.J. Watt


The Steelers wrapped up their draft-class signings Wednesday.

The team announced that first-round pick T.J. Watt had signed his four-year rookie deal.

The Wisconsin linebacker — who is of course the brother of Chargers fullback Derek Watt — had 11.5 sacks in his final college season.

Like his other brother, some guy named J.J., he made the transition from offense to defense, and is still learning.

The Steelers are constantly looking for young pass-rushers to groom while waiting for James Harrison to stop producing, and he’ll fall into line there along with former first-rounder Bud Dupree.

3 responses to “Steelers sign first-rounder T.J. Watt

  1. Excellent! With signing their draft class finally out of the way, Pittsburgh can focus on the next three players who deserve extensions, Le’veon Bell, Stephen Tuitt and Alejandro Villanueva. Bell has the franchise tag deadline next month, so hopefully that one gets done first.

    It’s still football in shorts, but Watt has been getting rave reviews from his teammates so far. Big brother JJ gave him a big head start advantage in professional training and practicing regimens, and now he shares a weight room and position room with James Harrison. Last year’s draft brought three defensive starters, but this year’s class looks pretty good so far too.

    Go Steelers!

  2. Waaaaaaay behind the curve on draft signings. Players won’t even show up for minicamp. Going to be a great season! Steelers are going to look like a chicken coop with all the eggs they’re going to lay. What a joke!

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