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Mike Tomlin: ‘Sense of Relief’ after T.J. Watt Signing



PITTSBURGH — The T.J. Watt contract saga is over, and you can count Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin among those that is glad to see Watt staying in Black and Gold.

“He’s deserving,” Tomlin said on Friday. “I’m glad to have him. It’s good for all parties involved.”

While Tomlin — and every other football coach — is of course glad to have Watt back on the field and terrorizing opponent quarterbacks, he also seemed genuinely pleased to be on the other side of a contract negotiation that wasn’t exactly contentious, but carried plenty of intrigue.

“There’s a sense of relief, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin said. “We can get focused on (practice), and not that we haven’t been, but in circumstances like this, I field a bunch of questions regarding it and I like to focus my energies on the Buffalo Bills.”

As far as that participation, Watt has now been involved in three practice sessions, which Tomlin feels should be enough for him to be himself on Sunday.

“I don’t have any reservations about his participation. I expect him to be T.J. Watt.”

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