Texans make Watt highest-paid defender ahead of opener

Texans make Watt highest-paid defender ahead of opener
September 2, 2014, 6:45 am
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Texans defensive end J. J. Watt will face the Redskins on Sunday with his mind clear of any distractions created by ongoing negotiations for a contract extension. In fact, Watt shouldn’t have to worry about any financial issues of any kind for quite some time.

John McLain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Watt and the Texans have agreed to a six-year contract extension with a cool $100 million. The deal has a reported $51.9 million in guaranteed money. It makes him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.

Watt was slated to make $1.9 million this season. Although his salary will drop to around $900,000 he will get a check for $10 million when he signs the contract, which he is expected to do today.

Watt was the NFL defensive player of the year in 2012 when he recorded 20.5 sacks. Although his sack total dropped to 10.5 last year, that should not be interpreted as a drop off in Watt’s performance. The reduced sack total was more a reflection of the team’s dismal 2-14 record and the fact that they were trailing much of the time.

He lines up on the right side in Houston’s 3-4 defense so it will be primarily the responsibility of left tackle Trent Williams and left guard Shawn Lauvao to keep him away from quarterback Robert Griffin III. 

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