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Report: Texans pick up J.J. Watt’s 2015 contract option

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Teams have until May 3 to declare whether they will extend the contracts of 2011 first-round picks through 2015.

However, the Texans didn’t wait until the first Saturday in May to pick up the 2015 option on one of the shining stars of the Class of 2011.

Via ESPN’s Field Yates, Houston has exercised the option to keep defensive lineman J.J. Watt under contract for a fifth season.

The Texans’ decision is hardly a surprise. The 25-year-old Watt is one of the game’s top defensive players, notching 217 tackles and 36.5 sacks in his first three NFL seasons.

However, the timing of the Texans’ move is a little curious, given that the club has begun its offseason training. According to PFT’s Mike Florio, the fifth-year option has an injury-only guarantee. By officially extending Watt before the deadline, the Texans are perhaps taking on a risk of a freak injury in the first phase of workouts.

Nevertheless, the Texans have moved now to secure Watt under contract for at least two more seasons. The next logical step would be signing Watt long-term — a pact that seems likely to make him one of the game’s highest paid defenders at the very least.

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17 Responses to “Report: Texans pick up J.J. Watt’s 2015 contract option”
  1. bassplucker says: Apr 17, 2014 8:57 PM

    I’ve gotta admit, this guy has far exceeded my expectations. Coming out of Wisconsin I wasn’t sure he had the athleticism to hang in the NFL but he has definitively answered that questioncand the stats speak for themselves. How much of it is chemically enhanced is open for discussion but his impact so far has been undeniable.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 17, 2014 8:58 PM

    He’s going to get insane money, up there with Mario Williams at $18-20M/year. He’s worth it: character guy and a monster on the field. Should be a sick contract.

  3. tucobenedictopacificojuanmariaramirez says: Apr 17, 2014 9:11 PM

    Mega Watt is everything Super Mario was supposed to be and more. History often repeats itself. The best pass rusher will likely not be among the first 10 picks. Just wait.

  4. rbanks51 says: Apr 17, 2014 9:15 PM

    Probably looking at the richest defensive contract of all time, no?

    Not a Texans fan but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a defensive lineman control the game the way he does. Can’t run at him, can’t run away from him and definitely can’t block him with one person.

  5. damcmp says: Apr 17, 2014 9:17 PM

    he is going to cripple the Texans salary cap.. they have few overpaid players and then crap backing them up….Texan Stars as hey are known around here… and the team SUCKS.

  6. ytownjoe says: Apr 17, 2014 9:19 PM

    He has certainly earned every penny he gets.

  7. dlw492 says: Apr 17, 2014 9:19 PM

    They are definitely drafting Clowney. Read in between the lines people

  8. nflfollower says: Apr 17, 2014 9:27 PM

    Well slap me in the face and call me sally I just did not see this one coming at all!

  9. ariani1985 says: Apr 17, 2014 9:33 PM

    Just think, green bay selected frank zombo before JJ watts

  10. rezdawg says: Apr 17, 2014 9:36 PM

    As a Houstonian, given his on the field and off the field accomplishments, Im more than happy my team is going to make him possibly the highest paid defender in NFL history. He’s worth every cent.

  11. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 17, 2014 9:46 PM

    Pay the man!

  12. amazingguy101 says: Apr 17, 2014 9:52 PM

    Vikings should have took him over Christian ponder.

  13. staffordsyear says: Apr 17, 2014 9:58 PM

    36.5 sacks in 3 years..thats all that needs to be said.

  14. bworacle says: Apr 17, 2014 9:59 PM

    Which is another reason why it would be a wasted pick to take Clowney…in 4 seasons when the time comes to pick up the option on Clowney they won’t be able to afford both of them plus pay a franchise QB (assuming they can find one next year after passing up this year’s franchise QBs to take Clowney). This will be the second time the Texans wasted a first pick on a DE that won’t make it to his second contract with the team.

  15. theblender22 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:28 PM

    18-20 million for someone other than a QB? NO defender in the entire league is worth that much.

  16. everydayimrusselin says: Apr 17, 2014 11:17 PM

    This guy is a BEAST!

  17. htowntexan says: Apr 18, 2014 12:03 PM

    Glad he is locked up, but the timing further shows that the GM of our organization is out of his league. How he survived last season and his recent string of dud picks is beyond me.

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