Reports: Steelers Sign FB Derek Watt to 3-year Contract
The Steelers will sign Los Angeles Chargers fullback Derek Watt, the brother of Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, according to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Watt’s deal is for three years and for $9.75 million, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Watt spent his entire career with the Chargers after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin.
The move puts two of the NFL’s three Watt brothers in Pittsburgh. Derek is the older brother of Steelers linebacker T.J. and the younger brother of Houston Texans linebacker J.J. Watt.
LETS GOOOOO!!!!!!!! Welcome to #SteelersNation !!!!!!!! @DerekWatt34 https://t.co/5cL1i9QJzG
— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) March 17, 2020
Well this is very unfortunate in regards to the race for “favorite uncle” for Derek’s son Logan…
Also seems to put me at a severe disadvantage in the “Mom & Dad’s favorite team” category.
But damn is it awesome for Derek & TJ. Could not be happier for them and for Pittsburgh. https://t.co/zbDOsj8IPz
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 17, 2020
The fullback should help the Steelers ground game, but not as a runner himself. Derek Watt has rushed for only 49 yards on 19 carriers in his career. He played a traditional blocking role with the Chargers.
Incumbent Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix played just three games due to injury in 2019. Nix has two years and $3.85 million remaining on his four-year contract with the Steelers.