Pittsburgh has been instructed to take the money out of Watt's paycheck if he does not intend to appeal, Schefter added.
The league fined Watt - the league's co-leader in sacks - for "forcibly hitting in the knee area or below" in the Steelers' 41-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday. Watt, who is tied with his brother atop the league standings with six sacks, tweeted that he couldn't believe the league issued a fine for the hit.
Roughing the passer calls and their eventual fines have been dominating headlines in the NFL, which is pretty sad considering the star power of the league.
After ESPN reported the fine, one of the first people to offer an opinion on the matter was J.J. Watt, and let's just say that T.J.'s older brother was not happy: Watt referred to the NFL's decision to fine his brother as "insanity".
"It was pretty cool to see T.J. Watt have three sacks on Sunday, and meet him today", said Barrett. "I'm not a dirty player", Watt said.
"I understand the rules". But I tried to pull my arms off. "It puts us in a bind because I don't know what else I can do".
The NFL managed to upset two Watt brothers on one day this week and it all happened because the league chose to hit T.J. Watt with a monstrous fine on Friday. "We gotta get 'em correct". And so I'm pissed about it, to be quite honest with you.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also expressed frustration with the officiating and accepted a $25,000 fine for his post-game press conference comments.