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J.J. Watt: If I got paid a little more, I wouldn’t be terribly upset


The list of players from the 2011 draft that have outperformed Texans defensive end J.J. Watt over the last three years is somewhere between minuscule and non-existent depending on your point of view.

Watt has had to sit and watch as players like Patrick Peterson, Andy Dalton and Richard Sherman have signed long-term deals with their teams, however. Watt says it’s great to see them sign these deals “because it shows that their teams appreciate what work they put in” and said that he wouldn’t mind seeing the same appreciation from the Texans.

“I like to see those guys be shown appreciation so far,” Watt said, via Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. “I hope that I’ve worked hard enough and hopefully I’ve put myself in a situation where I can be shown some of the same appreciation. Hopefully they feel I’ve outplayed my current contract, but the end of the day, we’re paid to play football. If I got paid a little more, I wouldn’t be terribly upset.”

Watt, who is under contract through next season after the Texans exercised their 2015 option on his rookie deal which will pay him the average of the 3rd-25th highest paid defensive ends, made it clear that he’s not thinking about a holdout and said he tries to live by the theory of giving $3 of work for $2 of pay. Still, Watt’s outperformed his current deal and has every reason to want another.

Texans owner Bob McNair said recently that the team would do an extension for Watt if it makes sense, but also pointed out that they could franchise him twice after the 2015 season to assure he remains in town. Such a decision might change Watt’s tune, although there’s plenty of time before push would come to shove on that front.

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59 Responses to “J.J. Watt: If I got paid a little more, I wouldn’t be terribly upset”
  1. aceakking says: Aug 19, 2014 6:21 PM

    If J.J. Watt played a little better, I wouldn’t be terribly upset.

  2. thepftpoet says: Aug 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    Top 5 Pass Rushers in the NFL :

    1. Anthony Barr.
    2. J.J. Watt.
    3. Everson Griffen.
    4. Brian Robinson.
    5. Aldon Smith.

    Bow down to your 2015 Super Bowl Champions, The Minnesota Vikings.

  3. seabrawk12 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:23 PM

    Said every workforce member ever.

  4. bigwinintx says: Aug 19, 2014 6:23 PM

    This is one guy I wouldn’t screw around with if I was McNair.
    Guy’s like Watt are very hard to find, and adds a lot to the value of the team and its fan base.
    Plus he’s worth the jack!

    Pay that man!

  5. coloradical420 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:23 PM

    yeah, but Watt actually deserves big money. Sherman just got lucky his franchise doesn’t know too much about football. After all, didn’t the Seahawks just establish themselves circa 2007? It’s clear their fans are brain-dead. Most of them think one SB win in franchise history is a DYNASTY.

  6. overweightman says: Aug 19, 2014 6:24 PM

    He deserves more than that CB with the cloudy urine in Seattle.

  7. calhounlambeau says: Aug 19, 2014 6:24 PM

    You’re seriously thinking of franchise tagging him for two years? Unreal. Pay the man.

  8. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 19, 2014 6:24 PM

    You want to take a nap??

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 19, 2014 6:25 PM

    Moms are cutting out that picture of J.J. to paste over the children’s cereal boxes.

  10. paul82461 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:25 PM

    Dont sign a new contract yet you may want out.

  11. electricboogalo says: Aug 19, 2014 6:26 PM

    Stud. He deserves to get paid.

  12. justintuckrule says: Aug 19, 2014 6:29 PM

    Dude should hold out and not think twice about it. He’s vital to that defense and to Clowney’s development. You don’t get a medal for being a rah-rah corporate guy. If you tear a knee before that payday next year, the team won’t remember that you were a nice guy now. He’s doing his family (his real family) a huge disservice not going for the gold right now.

  13. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 19, 2014 6:29 PM

    Clowny will be making more than Watt this year…

  14. dickshotdogs says: Aug 19, 2014 6:29 PM

    I typically despise these kind of comments. But in your case, J.J., I believe you should be compensated more. You’re a special player and I love watching your effort.

    Patriots fan

  15. chargerdillon says: Aug 19, 2014 6:29 PM

    JJ Watt had one memorable year

    Since that memorable year he’s been a part of one of the worst teams in the NFL

    Maybe if he wants to get paid better he should have more than 1 year of doing something on the football field that doesn’t involve sucking.

    And last I checked, Clowney has already overshadowed him this preseason.

    How many Watt highlights have you seen? How many Clowney highlights have you seen? Nuff Said

  16. rustedcreek says: Aug 19, 2014 6:30 PM

    The Patriots should pay him. They own him.
    The guy is an overrated poser.

  17. calhounlambeau says: Aug 19, 2014 6:33 PM

    The Texans would drag JJ Watt through the franchise tag gutter. It’s no wonder that organization is where it is. Andre Johnson in purgatory for 10 years, clueless GM, coaching changes, etc. You want to do that to the only bright spot you have?

  18. FlashPatterson says: Aug 19, 2014 6:33 PM

    haha that’s a good way to put it.

  19. mrlaloosh says: Aug 19, 2014 6:35 PM

    5 Super Bowl losses, like Denver, is a reverse dynasty?

  20. mackcarrington says: Aug 19, 2014 6:37 PM

    These are his last three seasons in Houston. Maybe his last two, if they don’t franchise him.

  21. aceakking says: Aug 19, 2014 6:39 PM

    Watch Peyton Manning burn JJ Watt this week.

  22. onebigredrocket says: Aug 19, 2014 6:41 PM

    He’d be a back up in Seattle. At best.

  23. 6ball says: Aug 19, 2014 6:43 PM

    If you want more money, JJ, get a job waxing Clowney’s car. He makes considerably more than you.

  24. tinbender2000 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:52 PM

    onebigredrocket says: Aug 19, 2014 6:41 PM

    He’d be a back up in Seattle. At best.

    Other than being better than anyone Seadderal has, you’re right.

  25. jayniner says: Aug 19, 2014 6:54 PM

    “Hey Grandma”


  26. ytrappin504 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:57 PM

    Andre Johnson would finally be able to get rid of his shackles if JJ performed at a higher level. Too bad that one year of mediocrity got to the fan bases head. GL texans, it won’t get any easier.

  27. justintuckrule says: Aug 19, 2014 7:03 PM

    I find it funny that the typical rah rah owner folks here are all OK with Watt asking for more $$ before his contract is up. But, if its Sherman, Peterson or any other black player…YUP, I SAID IT….then all of a sudden you’re all about, “you signed the contract, pal.” “nobody forced you to sign the contract”. “I make 20K stocking shelves, you should consider yourself lucky to play a game for money”.

    Same folks against changing the Washington franchise name.


  28. demolition510 says: Aug 19, 2014 7:05 PM

    Isn’t that a captain obvious type of statement though?

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2014 7:26 PM

    Watt disappears in big games. Did virtually nothing against the Pats in playoffs or regular season.

  30. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 19, 2014 7:32 PM

    He gets what he’s worth

  31. 49erdynasty says: Aug 19, 2014 7:45 PM

    coloradical420 says:
    Aug 19, 2014 6:23 PM
    yeah, but Watt actually deserves big money. Sherman just got lucky his franchise doesn’t know too much about football. After all, didn’t the Seahawks just establish themselves circa 2007? It’s clear their fans are brain-dead. Most of them think one SB win in franchise history is a DYNASTY.


    Most… I mean MOST (99.9%) of them weren’t even fans before 2012.

  32. mcguenther13 says: Aug 19, 2014 7:55 PM

    While I can agree that Watt deserves a pay hike, what ever happened to HONORING a contract that you signed?? One of the BIG problems in professional sports of this age

  33. buttersdr says: Aug 19, 2014 8:02 PM

    Pay this guy. Best DT in the league.

    On Wisconsin!

    – Seahawks Fan

  34. shanekelleytx says: Aug 19, 2014 8:04 PM

    He is honoring the contract, he’s out there practicing and playing with the team every day. Since when does a guy saying he’d be happier with more money mean he isn’t honoring his contract?

  35. psychotim says: Aug 19, 2014 8:04 PM

    “He’s doing his family (his real family) a huge disservice not going for the gold right now.”

    Sorry, but I have to do the call out here. 4 years, $11,237,498 million. Let’s assume 50% of that goes to his agent and taxes. That leaves him $5,618,749. That’s 56.1 years of earning $100,000 _net_.

    That’s not a bad deal for his family.

  36. denver1983 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:05 PM

    JJ Watt and the texans played like garbage practicing against the Broncos today.

  37. 20texans02 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:09 PM

    Houston will pay him. He is everything to this city. Everywhere you go his image is near. Recent poll on the chron asked who is the face of the Texans. Over 70% voted Watt and basically the rest voted Johnson. Every time Johnson wanted a new contract Texans folded. They will do the same for Watt.

  38. 941bucs says: Aug 19, 2014 8:20 PM

    Quote of the centry right there!

  39. irishlad19 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:20 PM

    McNair is short-sighted if he doesn’t try to treat Watt fairly, but he may be short-sighted enough to try to exploit the man, which will have unknown consequences.

  40. edukator4 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:55 PM

    the guy up there claiming clowney is outperforming, or possibly a more effective player is brain dead. stats dont show everything. teams put 2 guys- centre and one of the guards on watt, which has a trickle down effect down the defensive line. of course the ends will get more sacks, that’s even more so when they cant double team either rush end because 2 guys are on the nt.
    I will wager people who only look at stats to evaluate players have far too much invested in fantasy.

  41. largent80100 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:56 PM

    Pay the man, Houston.

    Arguibly the best player in the NFL, if not, at least top 5.

  42. texansdan says: Aug 19, 2014 9:08 PM

    Houston had better pay him–he’s the face of the franchise and the best player at his position in the league. There’s no way they don’t keep him happy.

    #PayHimRick #YouWantToTakeANap?

  43. toro81 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:11 PM

    Watt didn’t play @ Atlanta.Could you imagine? I bet Matt Ryan is glad.#1 pick was worth it,but we know what JJ can do.McNair…don’t screw this up! Also for Christmas would you please give Rick

    Smith a pink slip?

  44. fts440 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:25 PM

    He’s getting paid to do all the commercials…

  45. raymondtx says: Aug 19, 2014 9:41 PM

    Pay that man, Bob, you greedy bastard! Thank you.


  46. rightwingguy says: Aug 19, 2014 9:42 PM

    I’m a Vikings fan and this guy is a stud. Pay him!

  47. nite2al says: Aug 19, 2014 9:44 PM

    He needs to fire his agent…one injury away from never realizing a big payday. Take care of yourself and your family.

  48. claymus1 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:45 PM

    Ahhhh…some new trolls baggin’ on the Hawks…Thats great. More laughs for us! One thing though, Address them as THE WORLD CHAMPION SEATTLE SEAHAWKS!!

  49. deezenucks says: Aug 19, 2014 9:52 PM

    I want to hate this guy as a Jags fan but I can’t, he’s a beast. He’s outplayed that rookie deal no question

  50. claymus1 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:56 PM

    Hey 49er dynasty….you’re gonna feel bad when yer team doesn’t even get a wildcard this year…And oh yeah…I was at the Hawks first home game in 1976. Bet you were not even a gleam in yer daddy’s eye in 76. Watched the ice bowl on the black and white cathode ray tube many years before that…Don’t pretend to know how long someone has been a fan…..Oh, I have always liked the niners too but dudes actin’ like you act are tryin’ my patience. Like I said takes all 32 teams to make the league.

  51. damcmp says: Aug 19, 2014 10:41 PM

    The Texans make big mistakes throwing money at players… Schaub gone, Foster worn out, Cushing they gave $56 mil to last summer coming of IR then he went right back to IR…. Joseph and Johnson making too much and promised comfort next year…and they started it all with the Tony Bosselli deal right off the bat back in the expansion draft. and with all of that they still are setting at about 41% win ratio…. their lifetime record is like a good Astro year.

  52. beastmode5150 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:00 PM

    Classy dude, come to the Hawks, we’ll appreciate you and the 12th man will get you an additional 3 sacks a year

  53. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 19, 2014 11:01 PM

    When does it NOT make sense to lock up one of the best defensive players in the league? Watt is not in the “glory” position on that defense. The level of production he has had is unreal.

    There are plenty of other teams who WILL pay Watt if Houston is too stupid to do it themselves.

  54. pftcoachmen says: Aug 19, 2014 11:08 PM

    They can lower the cap hit by re-adjusting now.

    Plus – my kids school needs more Watt stuff up here in Wis.

  55. gayforbrady says: Aug 19, 2014 11:46 PM

    So organizations get it and some don’t.

    I hope JJ remembers this come contract time.

    He should hold out.

    His defense is going to be on the field more than the offense. He should hold out and force them to get an actual NFL QB.

  56. 3kdad says: Aug 20, 2014 12:43 AM

    To quote KGB, “Pay dat man his money”.

  57. axespray says: Aug 20, 2014 2:25 AM

    For a 2-14 team – who else could be eating up JJ Watt’s paycheck?

    They don’t have a 20 Mil per year QB.

    He should’ve been paid already.

  58. tangovader says: Aug 20, 2014 9:39 AM

    Honoring a contract? LOLOL! It’s the NFL. No one honors contracts. If he was underperforming, the Texan’s wouldn’t honor his contract, they’d cut him. If he overperforms, they should pay him per his value. Jebus. Grow up people.

  59. simonator917 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:00 PM

    Deacon Jones and Merlin Olson part two. I can’t wait!

    Bad spellchecker! Bad!

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