J.J. Watt considered signing with the Steelers in 2021

Oh, what could have been.

There isn’t a Pittsburgh Steelers fan who didn’t want to see outside linebacker T.J. Watt line up with his brother, defensive end J.J. Watt on the Steelers defense. Even as recently as this offseason, there was speculation that despite his retirement, perhaps Pittsburgh could coax J.J. to the Steel City for one season.

But perhaps it was more realistic to think they could have played together in 2021. At least according to J.J., He could have played with T.J. and his other brother Derek who was the Steelers fullback at the time.

“They were on the list,” Watt said. “It certainly would have been awesome to play with my brothers, but T.J. was also going through the contract situation there, so the last thing I wanted to do was come in and take any money away from his contract.”

How big brother of him to stay away so T.J. could get paid. Still, could you have imagined what that 2021 defensive front would have been like with the elder Watt opposite his brother along with Cam Heyward rushing the passer?

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