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Steelers Rumors: TJ Watt’s Contract Restructured to generate $6.75M in Cap Space

T.J. Watt (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Pittsburgh Steelers and linebackerT.J. Watt reportedly decided to restructure his four-year, $112million contract prior to the 2022 season.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Networkreported Wednesday the Steelers created yet another $6.75 million insalary-cap space due to the reworked deal.

Pittsburgh had a modest $2.5 million incap space prior to the restructure, per Spotrac. Now leading officehas a bit more wiggle room for free-agent signings when injuries inevitablyarise in the coming months.

Watt’s career is off to a tremendousstart. He’s the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the entire year after tyingthe all-time record with 22.5 sacks to go with 64 totaltackles, seven passes defended and five forced fumbles in 15 gameslast season.

His other accolades include four ProBowl appearances and three First-Team All-Pro selections since theSteelers selected him in the initial round of the 2017 draft.

The 27-year-old Wisconsin native knowsthere’s one major void in his resume, though.

“We have to win a brilliant Bowl,” Watt told reporters in August.

The Steelers haven’t received muchchampionship hype heading in to the new campaign, but their roster isactually very good with regards to both offensive and defensiveplaymakers.

Therefore the key question is whether they’llget enough from their quarterbacks, whether veteran starterMitchell Trubisky or rookie backup Kenny Pickett.

If either of these signal-callersexceeds expectations, Pittsburgh could emerge as a sleeper in theloaded AFC playoff picture, particularly if Watt pushes toward the sackrecord for another straight year.

The Steelers start the growing season Sundaywhen they visit Paycor Stadium to defend myself against the division rival andreigning AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.

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