After a long-drawn-out negotiation, a deal has been reached to keep one of Pittsburgh’s best defensive players of all time a Steeler for life.
Outside linebacker T.J. Watt has agreed to a four-year, $112 million contract extension.
Watt confirmed the deal on social media Thursday night, expressing his excitement to stay in Pittsburgh for the long haul.
If it’s ok with Yinz, I’d like to stay a while!! LETS GO PITTSBURGH!!!! pic.twitter.com/itjnF7XNLd
— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) September 9, 2021
The contract includes $80 million guaranteed, earning the two-time All-Pro the distinction of becoming the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player with an average annual value of $28.003 million per season.
Watt led the NFL with 15 sacks and 23 tackles-for-loss in 2020 and a league-high eight forced fumbles in 2019.