Ben Roethlisberger Says He Took Less Money So Steelers Could Pay T.J. Watt

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the midst of a contract dispute with star pass rusher T.J. Watt and the team’s starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sent a stern message to the team.

When asked about Watt’s contract negotiation on Wednesday, Roethlisberger said he took less money primarily because he wanted the Steelers to give Watt “everything he wants.”

Back in March, Roethlisberger, 39, decided to take a pay cut by $5 million so other players could earn more money. The 18-year veteran quarterback knew he wasn’t getting any younger, so he felt the need to give more money options to younger players, such as Watt.

Head coach Mike Tomlin showed no sign of doubt at Tuesday’s news conference, stating that he was “optimistic” that Watt would return to practices this week and be on the roster for Sunday’s game against the Bills.