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Art Rooney Weighs in on Possible TJ Watt Contract Extension

By michael obermuller
Will the Pittsburgh Steelers extend T.J. Watt?
Will the Pittsburgh Steelers extend T.J. Watt? / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been one of the best in football the past two seasons, and one major part of that is the impact of edge rusher T.J. Watt. The youngest brother in the trio of NFL athletes has made a statement in 2019 and '20, as a First-team All-Pro, Pro Bowler, NFL sacks leader (2020) and AFC Defensive Player of the Year (2020).

Watt is set to hit free agency in 2022, and should cash in on a massive contract when he does. Steelers owner Art Rooney hinted that they may not let it get to that point though.

"We'll do everything we can," is certainly not the same as Watt will be a Steeler for life, but it does signal that ownership is willing to commit to their superstar linebacker. Pittsburgh doesn't commonly dole out long-term deals, so this statement is somewhat encouraging for fans.

When you consider that edge rusher Bud Dupree already left the franchise in free agency earlier this month, the Steelers really need to do everything in their power to keep Watt. If not, this revamped Pittsburgh defense might crumble as quickly as it was reborn.

T.J. turns 27 in October, and he's coming off his most influential season yet. An extension is a no-brainer really, Pittsburgh has to get it done.

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