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Patrick Queen chose Steelers over more money

Putting the black and yellow first!

Michael W.

It isn't often that you see a professional athlete turn down more lucrative financial opportunities, but we have a notable example to report from the world of professional football.

New Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Patrick Queen, who signed a three year, $41 million deal with the team after having spent the first portion of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, recently stated that he had richer contract offers. But because he wants to win, he chose to take less money to join the Steelers. 

“From the 15 teams that I was talking to, it came down to five at the end,” Queen said during an appearance on the Steelers Now podcast. “Some were offering some 17 (million). I had a chance to either go win or a chance to get paid. For me, the difference was like for or five million. I’m looking at [it] like ‘I have never been on a losing team before. I also don’t want to be part of anything being rebuilt because I’m trying to win now.’”

Even with the personal sacrifice of less money, Queen's $13.6 million annual salary will be 7th most among outside linebackers in the NFL. 

Queen, who played collegiate football at LSU, racked up an impressive and career high 133 tackles in 2023 along with 3.5 sacks and six pass breakups, earning him his very first Pro Bowl nomination.

It's great to see a player of Queen's caliber make the choice of winning above financial gain, and Steelers fans are right to be excited about what he can bring to the team for the next three seasons! 

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Source: Yahoo Sports