More details are trickling in regarding the new contract for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Watt will receive $30.87 million fully guaranteed at signing. The source says that the balance converts at the beginning of the 2016 league year.
Which means that, after two more seasons, $51.876 million will be fully guaranteed for Watt. That’s a far better structure than the Colin Kaepernick deal, which won’t see the injury-only guarantees fully flip for five years.
The structure beyond 2016 still becomes important, because at some point the Texans may have to choose between Watt and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. The bigger Watt’s cash and cap numbers after Clowney finishes his third season, the less the Texans will have to pay both of them.