T.J. Watt signs rookie deal with Steelers

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  • By Nick Shook NFL.com
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Pittsburgh's top pick is officially a Steeler.

T.J. Watt has signed his rookie contract, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is for four years, though financial terms were not disclosed.

Selected 30th overall out of Wisconsin, Watt becomes the third member of his family to ink an NFL contract, with older brothers J.J. and Derek entering the league in 2011 and 2016. He'll also have to fulfill little brother duties in picking up the check next offseason.

The signing officially pairs Watt with where he told NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman he thinks he "truly wanted to be" shortly after Pittsburgh drafted Watt near the end of the first round. Watt will play outside linebacker is Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme, where he'll have a chance to learn from a future Hall of Famer in James Harrison and join a linebacking corps that also includes Bud Dupree and Ryan Shazier as the Steelers load up their front seven.

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