The Steelers could do without their biggest defensive star for Sunday’s opener against the Bill, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Fowler – responding to news that Watt did not make the Pittsburgh practice team again on Monday – said the status of the fifth-year linebacker appeared “in doubt” for Week 1, citing a “Training to play” position of the team. Watt is technically not a recalcitrant since he was present at each training, but would have participated only in individual exercises. Once the team moves on to team periods, it does its own training on the side.
Week 1 is called into question by the absence of a new agreement as soon as possible. Watt remains in great shape, but the Steelers enjoy training to play with just about any player. https://t.co/BLsgjcBfwT
– Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 6, 2021
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The triple Pro Bowler and double All-Pro selection, after a season in which he led the league with a career-high 15 sacks, would only participate in individual training in hopes of speeding up talks on a new agreement. . He is entering the final year of his rookie contract with Pittsburgh, for which he owes him $ 10.089 million from Spotrac.
According to a CBS Sports report, some have speculated that Sunday’s opening season was the de facto deadline to renegotiate a contract for Watt, given the organization’s refusal to negotiate contracts during the season. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will address the situation with the media on Tuesday.