PITTSBURGH – Sports Illustrated senior NFL reporter Albert Breer has reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the verge of signing TJ Watt for the long term.
Breer spent the last two days at Steelers Camp where he got some inside knowledge of Pittsburgh’s plans for Watts. According to SI-Top-Reporter, a contract extension could take place before the start of the season.
Watt spoke to the media during the team’s first week of training camp but didn’t want to delve too deeply into contract talks.
“I can’t say that,” said Watt from the field of the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. “And that’s pretty much all I’m going to say about it.”
An extension of between four and six years will earn the Steelers well over $ 100 million. For a two-time Defensive Player of the Year finalist and the NFL’s defending bagman, those numbers seem to be in the Pittsburgh accounting books.
“I love this team,” said Watt. “I love all the coaches and the staff and the players and I’m happy to be here. That’s why I’m here.”
“I love Pittsburgh,” he continued. “Of course I would like to be here (long term). But all of these decisions are not really mine. So I’m here right now trying to get better every day.”
Noah Strackbein is a publisher at AllSteelers. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack and AllSteelers @si_steelers.
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