Apparently, that decision landed Butler in some trouble with the Pittsburgh front office.
When asked if Watt will practice in Week 1, Butler elected to “keep his mouth shut.”
“That’s a good question,” Butler said, per ProFootballTalk. “Don’t know. That’s all I’ll say about it. Last time, I opened my mouth too much. So I’ll just keep it quiet this time.
“It was the truth, but hey, sometimes the truth gets your butt in trouble in this league. I’m gonna sit and keep my mouth shut this time.”
Watt is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the franchise. Recent reports indicated that the 2020 Defensive Player of the Year finalist was expected to sign a massive extension “shortly after” the team’s final preseason game, but that deal has yet to come.
Butler, who went on strike twice as a player in the NFL, said he’s “always been for the players” when discussing Watt’s situation in early August.
“I don’t blame him for that because you don’t want to get hurt when you’re trying to get your contract done,” Butler said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Then you kind of lose some flexibility in terms of what kind of [deal] you can sign. I don’t blame him for that. I hope they get it done.”
Watt was voted by his peers as No. 9 on this year’s NFL Top 100 after recording a league-leading 15.0 sacks in 2020.