Two Steelers will be named All-Pro in 2021.
The Associated Press 2021 NFL All-Pro Team was announced on Friday, January 14, 2022, and included two Pittsburgh Steelers defenders.
TJ Watt of the Los Angeles Rams, defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams, running back Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts, and wide receivers Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers and Cooper Kupp of the Rams are among the five unanimous selections.
Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns received 29 votes, 20 more than the next closest competitor, Robert Quinn of the Chicago Bears, to make the team at Watt’s edge rusher position.
Cameron Heyward, a defensive tackle for the Steelers, received 19 votes and was the other Steelers player to make the team.
That’s ten more than the next closest competitors, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Chris Jones and the Tennessee Titans’ Jeffery Simmons.
Heyward, 33, has been named to the All-Pro team three times, and Watt has been named to the team three times.
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Only three other Steelers players received votes, including free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was named first-team All-Pro in both 2019 and 2020, honors that added millions to his 2022 salary, which will be (dollar)10.612 million in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.
Miles Killebrew, a safety, received three votes in the special teamer category, and fullback Derek Watt, a fullback, received a single vote in the same category.
Killebrew is known for its exceptional special teams play.
You may recall that he was the Steelers’ first unrestricted free agent this offseason, joining the team from the Detroit Lions on a one-year deal worth (dollar)990,000 plus a (dollar)137,500 signing bonus.
When compared to Derek Watt, who earned the same salary in 2021 but had a cap number of (dollar)2,953,333, this is a significant difference.
The Steelers’ decision on whether or not to keep Derek Watt in 2022 will be interesting to watch.
He is in the third and final year of his contract, which he signed on March 18, 2020, and which pays him (dollar)2.75 million per year and has a…
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