The Pittsburgh Steelers have been essentially playing hardball with defensive standout TJ Watt all offseason long. Watt has been eyeing a new contract extension, and rightfully so, and has remained in practice, but has only been participating in individual drills until the extension gets done.

But, Week 1 is just days away and the Steelers and Watt have yet to reach any type of agreement. In turn, Watt is still doubling down on his stance.

This might be a sticky situation if the Steelers can’t get a deal done before the season starts, and not having Watt out there would be a massive blow to this defensive unit.

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And, not to mention, the Steelers apparently have a rule that prevents them from negotiating contracts during the season, meaning the clock is ticking faster than ever on getting a deal done with Watt.

Playing hardball with Watt is a confusing stance for the Steelers, especially with Ben Roethlisberger in town for one more year and JuJu Smith-Schuster also re-signing in hopes of one last run with the veteran gunslinger calling the shots.

But, without Watt, this defense is nowhere near as formidable, and now they have only a handful of days to get an extension done.