Keith Butler: I’m keeping my mouth shut about T.J. Watt, I opened my mouth too much last time

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In August, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler defended linebacker T.J. Watt sitting out practice until he gets a new contract. Yesterday, Butler declined to comment further on that.

Asked if Watt will practice in Week One, Butler said he doesn’t know and isn’t supposed to say anything.

“That’s a good question,” Butler said. “Don’t know. That’s all I’ll say about it. Last time, I opened my mouth too much. So I’ll just keep it quiet this time.”

When a reporter told Butler that reporters appreciate coaches who speak the truth, Butler said the truth caused trouble.

“It was the truth, but hey, sometimes the truth gets your butt in trouble in this league,” Butler said. “I’m gonna sit and keep my mouth shut this time.”

It’s unclear what kind of trouble Butler got into for weighing in on Watt’s contract negotiation strategy, but the Steelers would obviously prefer to have Watt back on the field and practicing, and would probably prefer not to have their defensive coordinator talking about contract squabbles.

18 responses to “Keith Butler: I’m keeping my mouth shut about T.J. Watt, I opened my mouth too much last time

  1. One of the least desirable traits a person can have is always being concerned with everybody else’s business.

  2. What are the Steelers to do here. TJ wants the largest defensive contract in the league. Not sure how that will work with a team that is tight against the cap. I always wonder if one defensive player can help you win a SB when they have so many other holes to fill.

  3. Butler is right. How dumb Colbert had not already budgeted for Watt going into last season is beyond me.

    Look no further than this sort of thing and how it affects the leverage but the trickle down effect with others’ negotiating leverage on the team.

    Pitt will have needed to improved that bad oline and they better have drafted well in recent seasons because without a future qb and Watt’s eventual albatross Khalil Mack level contract, they’ll end up like the Bears.

  4. He’s destined to be a Dolphin. Miami was too concerned with Watson and should’ve been focusing on Watt, son.

    Andrew Van Ginkel, 2021 1st rounder (San Fran) and 2022 2nd rounder (Miami) and 2022 5th rounder (Miami).

    Van Ginkel plays like his hair is on fire so might not actually make the most sense for Miami to do that deal given the $25,000,000+ price tag TJ will come with.

    Hard not to want that dude on your team though (Too bad we drafted Charles Harris instead).

  5. Pitt will have needed to improved that bad oline and they better have drafted well in recent seasons because without a future qb and Watt’s eventual albatross Khalil Mack level contract, they’ll end up like the Bears.

    Being like the Bears isn’t bad….At least they have knowledgeable fans and don’t cheat like the Pats….so you just wish BB to learn how to draft a WR ‘

    TJ deserve what he can get and next year the Steelers look to be in great cap shape so they will work something out.

  6. “Being like the Bears isn’t bad….At least they have knowledgeable fans and don’t cheat like the Pats….so you just wish BB to learn how to draft a WR”

    Being a Bears fan, I wish we could win like the Pats, unlike some whiny fan base whose team couldn’t beat out the Pats in their conference.

  7. Vasteelerfan says:
    September 2, 2021 at 1:34 pm
    Pitt will have needed to improved that bad oline and they better have drafted well in recent seasons because without a future qb and Watt’s eventual albatross Khalil Mack level contract, they’ll end up like the Bears.

    Being like the Bears isn’t bad….At least they have knowledgeable fans and don’t cheat like the Pats….so you just wish BB to learn how to draft a WR ‘

    TJ deserve what he can get and next year the Steelers look to be in great cap shape so they will work something out.

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    Halas was one of the nfl’s greatest cheaters and as we’ve seen, you gullible idiots got fooled by Goodell. Mortifying you still believe what Goodell sold you.

    What’s next, there is no pandemic and there wasn’t an insurrection led by agent orange on tv on Jan 6? You sure are smart.

    As for WRs, knowledgeable Pats fans like the well rouunded Jakobi Meyers who is always open, and All Pro Gunner Olzewski. We’ll see where Harry fits in this year.

    NE’s playbook isn’t the Pop Warner one Pitt uses which is why your team hasn’t sniffed a SB in over a decade.

  8. I strongly doubt that Butler is kept in the loop about how any player’s contract negotiations are going. So his opinion of when it will get done is no more valid than yours or mine.
    History says the Steelers are more likely to get the contract completed. But all Butler needs to worry about , and comment on, is getting the players who are actually practicing ready to go.

  9. directdriver says:
    September 2, 2021 at 2:04 pm
    “Being like the Bears isn’t bad….At least they have knowledgeable fans and don’t cheat like the Pats….so you just wish BB to learn how to draft a WR”

    Being a Bears fan, I wish we could win like the Pats, unlike some whiny fan base whose team couldn’t beat out the Pats in their conference.

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    Isn’t it amazing? They have a cheating coach who actually affected a td by Jacoby Jones by threatening to intentionally trip him, as he still has his wagon hitched to Cheater Goodell who has been caught lying in a federal court numerous times.

    It cannot be made up. It just can’t.

  10. Neither the aricle nor the comments actually reflect on what Butler said in August. He said he was a player and he knew the peril of trying to get a good contract and to avoid injuries and was 100% supportive of TJ’s decision to avoid contact while the begotiayions were going on.

    I presume his colleagues pointed out to him that cheerleading TJ’s sit in contract negotiating approach was not making the front office’s job any easier.

    The problem is that there is too much time left in the negotiating window, into next week, and that just makes converging on a signing moment hard.. As long as TJ is not hurt, there is no good reason to sign until the last moment.

  11. Hey Keith, when you decline to comment on something, you do just that. Not comment on it about why you’re declining to comment on it further.

  12. Give TB6 the attention he’s looking for, the sooner the better. Then he might go away.

  13. The fact that there have been no leaks from either side about the contract negotiations is both a good thing and borderline astonishing. Contrast this with the endless soap opera that was the Le’Veon Bell negotiations.

    All along I’ve been CERTAIN that the Steelers would back up the Brinks truck and pay Watt whatever it took. A “blue-collar” type defensive star in a blue collar(ish) town that loves defense — it would be a PR disaster for the Steelers to let him go. But as the season opener approaches, I’m beginning to wonder. They obviously would want him to practice fully this week. Could it be that the Steelers unwillingness to guarantee the out years of a contract will run another player out of town???

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