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NFL World Reacts To Monday's TJ Watt News

T.J. Watt celebrates a sack.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after sacking Dustin Colquitt #4 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (not pictured) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field on September 27, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

After making three straight Pro Bowls and leading the NFL in sacks last year, Pittsburgh Steelers pass rusher T.J. Watt was hoping that his team would reward him with a contract extension. But they haven't yet, and Watt appears intent on holding out until they do.

Reports emerged on Monday that Watt is holding out from practice ahead of Sunday's season opener against the Buffalo Bills. Per ProFootballTalk, Watt doesn't want to risk injury until he has a contract in place.

But while Watt is determined to get his new deal, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the tendency to be even more stubborn. Some have noted that the Steelers almost never give out contract extensions midseason.

Suffice it to say, if the Steelers don't give Watt his extension by Sunday, he probably won't get one until after the season. And that has a lot of Steelers fans nervous.

T.J. Watt has been a star pass rusher since going No. 30 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. In four seasons he has 49.5 sacks - 42.5 of which have come in the last three seasons.

Since 2018, Watt has made three Pro Bowls and is a three-time All-Pro selection.

Last year, Watt led the NFL in sacks (15.0) and tackles for loss (23), and was a top contender for Defensive Player of the Year.

The Steelers would be wise to give him his extension before he simply takes his ball and goes to free agency.