Watt, a three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker, has developed into one of the best players in the NFL. Last season, he had 53 total tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and two forced fumbles.
At this time, there’s no indication that Pittsburgh will strike a deal with Watt. He has been sitting out of team drills to avoid a potential injury.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about Watt’s situation on Tuesday. Believe it or not, he’s optimistic that the two sides will figure things out.
“It’s my understanding, I remain optimistic something will get done from a deal perspective,” Tomlin told reporters. “I’m expecting him to work tomorrow. I’m proceeding with the assumption he’s going to work tomorrow.”
Tomlin on TJ Watt: "It's my understanding, I remain optimistic something will get done from a deal perspective. I'm expecting him to work tomorrow. I'm proceeding with the assumption he's going to work tomorrow."
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) September 7, 2021
Tomlin knows that his defense is at its best when Watt is on the field. While he may not have much of a say in the team’s negotiations with Watt, his stance on this subject is one that fans want to hear about.
With so much uncertainty surrounding Watt’s contract situation, the fan base in Pittsburgh will be relieved to hear that Tomlin remains optimistic.
The Steelers start the 2021 season on Sept. 12 against the Bills. We’ll find out very soon if Watt will be active for that game.