Steelers Sign First-Round OLB T.J. Watt

The Pittsburgh Steelers now have all eight of their 2017 draft picks under contract as the team reports on Wednesday that first-round selection T.J. Watt has now signed his four-year deal.

Watt’s four-year rookie contract is expected to total out at around $9,258,810 and include a signing bonus of approximately $4,873,680, according to Over the Cap. His 2017 salary cap charge is expected to be in the neighborhood of $1,683,420.

Being as Watt was drafted in the first round, the Steelers will have the right to pick up his fifth-year option well prior to the start of the 2020 season.

Watt, who was a one-year starter at outside linebacker while at Wisconsin after moving over to the defensive side of the football from the tight end position, recorded 11.5 sacks in 2016. He also intercepted one pass last season and returned it for a touchdown.

The Steelers are likely hoping that Watt can succeed veteran outside linebacker James Harrison in the near future on the right side of the defense. During the team’s recently concluded offseason practices, Watt received a lot of first-team reps at right outside linebacker while Harrison slowly prepares and saves his body for the rigors of the upcoming season.

  • PaeperCup

    Can’t wait to see this guy in action

  • D.j. Hoy

    Not surprising, but happy it’s out of the way.

  • The Tony

    I am so pumped to see what our team can do! Dupree, Shazier, Harrison, Watt is going to be really exciting. I’m sure Vince Williams will be a solid contributor as well

  • FATCAT716

    Don’t forget Burns, Davis, Hardgrave, & hopefully Golson.. Alot of talent on this defense just have to stay healthy & put it all together

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    It has begun!!!

  • Rocksolid20

    If I hear Golson one more time , I’ll probably throw up .

  • Signed, sealed, delivered. Time to put on the pads, put in the work, win the Steelers some games, and help get the team a seventh trophy. Congrats #90.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    about time charlotte!

  • Gautama Om


    I am not kidding.

    Mark my words: this guy will start sooner rather than later…he’ll get a few sacks the first year but will be very good in coverage…long term he’s going to be one of the best coverage OLB’s in the game and with many int’s for the position (see gigantic 11″ hands).

    Athletic, intelligence and huge hands…watch out! Oh i forgot tremendous work ethic and passion for the game.

    I’m so pumped.