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The Captains Have Spoken: Pay TJ Watt!

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The Captains Have Spoken: Pay TJ Watt!

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive captain, Cam Heyward has spoken today, and offensive captain, Ben Roethlisberger spoke yesterday, and they both agree on one thing: Pay TJ Watt!

According to ESPN reporter Brooke Pryor‘s Twitter account, Heyward did some reflecting on last year’s contract negotiations with the Steelers and knows what TJ must be going through:

 

 

The offensive captain went on the offensive when asked his thoughts on the Watt negotiations.  Ben continued to stress Watt’s importance when he said, “Watt is arguably THE best football player in the game right now, not just on defense, just in general.”  Then Roethlisberger continued his thoughts on what the team should do:

 

When your Hall of Fame, franchise quarterback says he took a pay cut for situations like this, it sends a very strong message to the front office.  Get this deal done now!  Anything short of a signed contract before Sunday’s game will be a distraction at best, and a mutiny at worst.

Personally, I think this deal as far as amounts is already figured out.  The sticking points are now guaranteed money and how much?  Heyward had just over $26M guaranteed and received just over $20M the day he signed his 4-year $65.6M extension.  Ben had $31M in guaranteed money in 2015 and $37.5M in guarantees in 2019 for his extension.  Watt’s guaranteed number should be well over Ben’s amounts.

 

 

Even though the special teams captain Derek Watt, has yet to speak out on his brother’s new contract, I think he and all of Steeler Nation agrees with his other captains as Cam Heyward simply stated when he left the podium: “Pay TJ. Please.”

 

Do yinz think a deal will get done before Sunday? Click to comment below!

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  1. Kenneth

    September 9, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks Stryker!!!!!! Been waiting forever

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