Clock ticks toward midnight for Steelers, T.J. Watt

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As it relates to the T.J. Watt contract impasse, the clock is striking 12. Literally.

The Steelers will practice today at roughly 12:15 p.m. ET. If Watt doesn’t have a new deal, he may not be there. If he’s not there, he may not play on Sunday.

The problem continues to be the refusal of the team to abandon its refusal to fully guarantee money beyond the first year of a veteran deal. Apparently, the Steelers don’t want to set a new precedent for Watt.

But here’s the reality. If/when another player says, “But you did it for T.J. Watt!” the response would be, “Play like T.J. Watt, and we’ll do it for you.”

Stay tuned to PFT throughout the day for news on whether the Steelers do, or don’t, figure out how to end an unexpectedly protracted hold-in from one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

27 responses to “Clock ticks toward midnight for Steelers, T.J. Watt

  1. This isn’t going to end well. Watt doesn’t have much of any leverage other than his services. If he’s serious his next move should be a holdout into the reg season. Pittsburgh basically owns him. Under contract this year and 2 years of tagging. I can see a trade on the horizon.

  2. Honor the contract or blame the NFLPA for screwing up the rules for rookies contracts. Don’t blame the Steelers brass!

  3. Demanding a guaranteed contract from the Steelers is a one way street which leads straight to the Raven’s practice squad.

  4. jvoshall says:
    September 8, 2021 at 11:12 am
    logicalone says:
    September 8, 2021 at 10:58 am
    Greed, the downfall of many.

    Owners??? Yeah….

    Fans always take the side of the owners when it comes to players and their salaries

  5. httwft says:
    September 8, 2021 at 11:26 am
    jvoshall says:
    September 8, 2021 at 11:12 am
    logicalone says:
    September 8, 2021 at 10:58 am
    Greed, the downfall of many.

    Owners??? Yeah….

    Fans always take the side of the owners when it comes to players and their salaries


    Many fans realize their team has a salary cap and don’t like the idea of tying too much of it up in a very small number of players

  6. Frankly, the team shouldn’t be budging on this. How many OLB in the past 25 years have been in this same place? Literally it’s been 25 years of guys with similar production. Why would you pay someone crazy money that you can replace by your track record in the past? Jason Gildon, Kevin Greene, Levon Kirkland,etc. The list is literally endless. TJ Watt is as much a product of that system as his predecessors as it’s due to his talent.

  7. Pay TJ. Ben’s going to retire soon, so you’ll likely have a cheap QB for the next 5 years.

  8. Ah, another completely avoidable holdout scenario caused by the Franchise Tag. You notice how nobody ever holds out in the MLB or NBA?

  9. Steelers lose either way. If they overpay at 22 mil per, they sink into greater cap hell with Fitzpatrick in line outside Rooney’s office.

    This is why you don’t draft or trade for players who just want the highest contract.

    They also have been so poor drafting OLBs, it increased his leverage.

    They should have gone OLB in RD1 for leverage on this situation.

    I’m loving it!

  10. TJ is another greedy Baby. He wants his money because he knows the NFL won’t be around for very long. Why not ask for $1 billion contract? Pretty soon a beer will be $100 and a Hot Dog will be $50…NFL is going to crumble. You’re playing a Game get over it.

  11. Is it my imagination or Steelers have more disgruntled star players then any other team. Watt is latest, but before him Laveon Bell and Antonio Brown shot their way out of town. I am sure I am forgetting others.
    Is it that they have more than their share of “greedy” players or the organization is bad managing star players?

  12. What puzzles me is GM’s treat people like objects but then refuse to trade them like objects? They can trade Watt , get some good draft picks and save a bundle of money (object) but rather they will screw around as in, we really need his services as in a person.
    The players listen to the agents who wants the best deal for themselves since they get a percentage. So the players dont care about the team they care about their wallets and were supposed to take sides????

  13. It’s too bad the Rams don’t have any first round picks for 5 years or whatever it is. Maybe the Seahawks will bite if they dangle him. It’s hard on him though because nobody else in the league right now has a similar system to the Steelers, and that system is a big part of his production. NOt to say he wouldn’t be successful elsewhere, but I just don’t think he could drop in anywhere and play at a similar level. The Titans are about to find this out with Dupree.

  14. I think those trolls saying the Steelers are in cap hell haven’t looked at next years numbers. Second most money it the league.

  15. TJ is a nice player; I hope things work out for him. He is not Lawrence Taylor and wouldn’t get that contract from me. Why did the steelers fold like a lawn chair after Bud Dupree went down for the season if he was so good? TJ wasn’t looking so hot after that.

  16. Over-paying TJ Watt would be a bigger mistake than letting him walk, imo. Nothing personal, but it’s business, and you have to do what’s best for the team. Bill Belichick would have already traded him to Arizona for two first rounders.

  17. He practiced today and is playing Sunday. Haters heads are exploding. And hiding as cowards always do.

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