Former Badger T.J. Watt signs a big-time extension with the Steelers

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Former Wisconsin Badger linebacker T.J. Watt just got paid, big-time.

After reports of a contract dispute between him and the Pittsburgh Steelers surfaced earlier this week, news dropped minutes ago that Watt signed a new contract with the team that makes him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

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As the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport notes, the contract is a 4-year extension worth more than $112million—averaging out to more than $28million per year.

Watt began his career at Wisconsin as a tight end, and eventually switched to the defensive side of the football after struggling to stay healthy.

Now, after four NFL seasons that included three Pro Bowls and two first-team All-Pro honors, Watt is the highest-paid defensive player in the league .

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