PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Steelers have exercised the fifth-year option on T.J. Watt’s contract, announced Tuesday.

The linebacker will be under the team’s control through the 2021 season.

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Watt was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2017 and is coming off the best season of his young career.

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In 2019, Watt had 14 1/2 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

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He was named first-team All-Pro and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time in 2019.