The Houston Texans and defensive end J.J. Watt have agreed to a massive contract extension that will make Watt the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
According to McClain, Watt’s new deal is a six year agreement worth $100 million and includes $51.876 million in guarantees. The guaranteed portion of the deal is also the most money every guaranteed to a defensive player in NFL history.
Former Texans No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams was the highest paid defensive player in league history, when he signed a $96 million deal, with $50 million guaranteed in 2012 with the Bills.
Watt was set to make a total of $8.1 million over the final two years of his contract. Watt was scheduled to earn $1.9 million in 2014 and $6.9 million in 2015. Now he’ll be taking home $.16.9 million a year.
This deal shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s seen Watt’s body of work. He’s definitely earned it. The Texans selected Watt during the first round of the 2011 draft. During his rookie campaign, Watt served up five-and-a-half sacks, 56 tackles, and 4 pass deflections during the regular season. His interception for a touchdown against the Bengals helped secure the teams’ first playoff victory in franchise history.
In 2012 Watt had one of the best seasons ever by a defensive player. That season he quadrupled his pass deflections, added 25 more tackles and finished the year with 20.5 sacks and was named the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2012.
Since his rookie year in 2011, the 25-year-old Watt has totaled 36.5 sacks, the fifth-highest total in the league behind only DeMarcus Ware, Robert Mathis, Aldon Smith and Jared Allen. (Photo: Troy Taormina / USA TODAY Sports)