Watt, Texans agree to 6-year, $100M deal
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans have signed All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt to a six-year contract extension that will reportedly make him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Watt's deal has a total value of $100 million and contains $51.8 million in guaranteed money. The 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency following the 2015 season.
"We're looking forward to him being the second player from the Texans to be in the Hall of Fame," Texans owner Bob McNair said at a press conference announcing the extension.
The Chronicle reported that Watt received a $10 million signing bonus as well.
"I want to go out there and try to be underpaid. I want to prove that I'm worth it," said Watt.
The 11th overall pick of the 2011 draft, Watt has emerged as one of the NFL's most dominant defenders over the past two years. The energetic 25-year-old registered a league-best 20 1//2 sacks along with 16 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and 81 tackles to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors in his second season.
Watt followed up with an excellent 2013 campaign, notching 10 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles and 80 tackles while starting all 16 contests.
09/02 18:48:00 ET