The Pittsburgh Steelers ushered in a family reunion by signing fullback Derek Watt to join his brother and outside linebacker T.J. Watt this offseason. It appears even he was surprised that a deal came to fruition.
Watt's representatives had downplayed the Steelers' interest in an effort to void any potential letdowns. He said in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that they were actually one of his biggest suitors:
“So they kind of downplayed it the whole time and come the day I made my decision and had the opportunity to sign with the Steelers, they presented me with the offer without a team name at the top,” Watt said. “So I still at this point had no clue which team it was. And all of a sudden it gets to the end and they tell me ‘how would you like to be a Pittsburgh Steeler?’ And I was like, right there, a big smile came over my face.”
Although Watt may have been kept in the dark until a deal was near fruition, he is clearly excited with how the process played out with the Steelers. It is safe to say that the family is now living in a house that is truly divided.
The Watts are not the only brothers Pittsburgh is carrying on the roster after the Steelers also managed to secure safety Terrell Edmunds and running back Trey Edmunds. They are hoping that the sibling love will help pay huge dividends in the 2020 NFL season.
There is also now plenty of speculation regarding the Steelers' potential interest in securing the trifecta when Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt becomes an unrestricted free agent following the 2021 campaign.