T.J. Watt signs massive new 5-year contract with Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt has signed a new five-year contract with the team, making him, according to ESPN, the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player.

The Steelers did not disclose details of the contract, but ESPSN’s Jeremy Fowler reported the deal -- a four-year extension -- includes a $35 million signing bonus, $60 million over the first two years and $80 million over three years in guarantees.

Watt was the Steelers’ No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his first four seasons he started in all 62 games in which he played and tallied up 49.5 sacks -- the most in franchise history over a player’s first four NFL seasons and ranking third among all defensive players since he entered the NFL, according to the Steelers. He also has 230 tackles, 25 pass defenses, 17 forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions.

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Posted by Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, September 10, 2021