Ben Roethlisberger has urged the Pittsburgh Steelers to pay T.J. Watt as he believes the linebacker deserves the money he is asking for.
Watt, who led the league with 15 sacks last season, finished runner-up for NFL Defensive Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons.
Watt wants a new contract and he could sit out Sunday’s Week 1 matchup versus the Buffalo Bills over contract dispute.
“I think T.J. should get whatever the heck he wants,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s arguably the best football player in the game right now, not just on defense, just in general.
“One of the reasons I took less money was for guys like him to get paid, and he needs to get paid. He deserves every penny that he wants and asks for. T.J. Watt is that guy that should get whatever he wants.”