The 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt, has signed a deal to extend his contract with the Houston Texans for six years and $100 million, with $51.87 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.
Watt’s deal surpasses former Texan defensive end, Mario Williams, who signed a six year, $96 million contract with the Buffalo Bills in 2012.
Texans general manager, Rick Smith, Vice President of football administration Chris Olson and Watt’s agent, Tom Condon, reached an agreement on Monday. Watt signed the deal and made it official on Tuesday. The Texans wanted the deal to be completed before the team starts preparations for the first week of the 2014 regular season, when the Texans take on Washington.
Houston is currently set as a 3-point home favorite with the total at 45.5.
Selected 11th overall in the 2011 NFL draft out of Wisconsin, Watt quickly became one of the best defensive players in the league, racking up 20.5 sacks in 2012 and followed up with 10.5 sacks in last years 2013 season. Although his sack totals decreased in 2013, Watt’s value didn’t decrease at all, as his overall production was still very high. He had 36 quarterback hits, 38 quarterback hurries and led the NFL in run stops with 54. Based on these numbers, there is no other player responsible for more defensive plays in the NFL than J.J. Watt over the last two seasons.
Watt has certainly out-performed his rookie deal and is more than worthy of a huge contract. He could have made the argument that he was woefully underpaid (and he has been until this point), but he said he never thought of holding out. “…that would cause me to miss time with my teammates and right now I want to practice,” Watt said. “I want to be a Houston Texan…I want to be the best I can be and I can’t do that sitting on my couch.”
The Houston Texans are set at +180 to make the NFL playoffs this season.