The Houston Texans wrapped up J.J. Watt through the 2021 season, giving him a contract that makes him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.
The 25-year-old defensive end will sign a six-year, $100-million contract extension that includes $51.876 million guaranteed, which tops the six-year, $96-million deal the team gave Mario Williams. Jerry McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported the agreement, and noted that wide receiver Andre Johnson is the only other Texans player to get a new contract with two years left on his current contract.
Watt’s new deal, reached after a long weekend of negotiations, will be announced at a press conference today and takes effect after his 2016 contract expires. Watt was the defensive player of the year in 2012 and the team chose to give him the money because he had outplayed his rookie contract, opting not to use the franchise tag on him after his contract expires. He was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
JJ Watt was due $1.907M this year, $6.970M next. Texans coulda tagged him twice, likely at ~$14M in ’16, ~$17M in ’17. 4-yr total: ~$40M.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 2, 2014
JJ Watt certainly deserves to be the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. I played against him a couple times, one word: #BEAST!!
— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) September 2, 2014