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$30.87 million fully guaranteed at signing for Watt

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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.

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  1. pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 9:29 AM

    When you consider the revenue projections for the NFL, the shelf life of the average NFL player, and the long term injury risks of playing pro football the fact that NFL contracts are not fully guaranteed like the other professional sports is disgusting.

  2. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Sep 2, 2014 9:31 AM

    The only thing this deal accomplishes is giving the Steelers a talking point on Cameron Heyward’s contract.

  3. joey49er says: Sep 2, 2014 9:33 AM

    The best pass rusher in the nfl!! u deserve it jj..u earned it!
    GOOOOOOOOO 49ers

  4. mrbigass says: Sep 2, 2014 9:33 AM

    Living in Houston we see what this guy does off the field for the community. Hardly a day goes by without seeing him visit a sick kid, or raise money for some charity.

    He works as hard off as on and is the epitome of a guy who appreciates his blessings and gives back in spades…….

  5. cowboy4life29 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:33 AM

    Doesn’t matter anyway.. Texans still gonna suck. Only one team in Texas. #AMERICASTEAM

  6. 87hollywoodhorn says: Sep 2, 2014 9:34 AM

    Meh! Huge contracts for pass rushers isnt always a recipe for success.
    We’ve seen it plenty of times when dominant pass rushes take over the playoffs.
    But look at recent sack leaders, theyre not usually on that great of teams.
    Just look at the Buffalo Bills, they were 2nd in sacks in 2013. And they didnt win much!

  7. tommyribs says: Sep 2, 2014 9:34 AM

    Watt is worth the Money.

  8. harveyredman says: Sep 2, 2014 9:40 AM

    pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 9:29 AM

    When you consider the revenue projections for the NFL, the shelf life of the average NFL player, and the long term injury risks of playing pro football the fact that NFL contracts are not fully guaranteed like the other professional sports is disgusting.
    ___________________________________

    I have often said the exact same thing! The NFLPA should be ashamed of the collective bargaining agreement the signed.

  9. eagleswin says: Sep 2, 2014 9:40 AM

    pats3rings says:
    Sep 2, 2014 9:29 AM
    When you consider the revenue projections for the NFL, the shelf life of the average NFL player, and the long term injury risks of playing pro football the fact that NFL contracts are not fully guaranteed like the other professional sports is disgusting.

    ————————————-

    Completely disagree. What annoys me is when the players in the other sports get the guaranteed contracts and then either decline rapidly or rest on their guaranteed money knowing they get it whether they give 100% or not.

    The NFLPA has long had the stance that they don’t want any of their portion of the pie to go to retired players for medical or anything else.

    What retired players do have is 100% from the owners and 0% from the active players yet i don’t hear the NFLPA taking any flak for that. I wonder why.

  10. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Sep 2, 2014 9:41 AM

    I’ve always wondered this so help me out if you can please. Do teams have a checking account or something to pay out these $30-50 million signing bonuses? That’s a crazy amount of money to us regular stiffs.

  11. coonsqualler says: Sep 2, 2014 9:42 AM

    Hope he can play QB…

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:43 AM

    Watt disappears in big games this is a mistake by Houston.

    Guaranteed contracts would ruin the nfl faster than Goodell is already doing so.

  13. skoobyfl says: Sep 2, 2014 9:44 AM

    He’s worth it.

  14. pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 9:49 AM

    There NFL is passing league now and given this there are only 5 positions teams should be looking at to give top dollar to. Quarterback, receiver, left tackle, pass rushers, and cornerbacks. Given that JJ Watt was second in the league in pass disruptions to only Richard Sherman, which is an unbelievable accomplishment for any defensive linemen let a lone a 3-4 tackle, he is more than deserving of this contract.

  15. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Sep 2, 2014 9:50 AM

    Man, comparing my salary to how much these guys make….sure depresses me! I need some coffee

  16. skito13 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:50 AM

    Where’s it going to stop, I feel there should just be a cap.$100 million for one family is ridiculous.

  17. nflviewer says: Sep 2, 2014 9:58 AM

    “When you consider the revenue projections for the NFL, the shelf life of the average NFL player, and the long term injury risks of playing pro football the fact that NFL contracts are not fully guaranteed like the other professional sports is disgusting.”

    This ignores reality.

    Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the players get 70% of league revenue, more than in any other sport. There are some exclusions from league revenue but the players get well over 60% of the revenue that the teams take in.

    Teams not only have a salary cap maximum they can pay out every year, but they also have a minimum they must pay every year. That’s why the Raiders as an example went on a free agent spending spree this year.

    If a player doesn’t get a guaranteed contract that just means that more money goes to other players. The money doesn’t disappear or get taken out of the team by the owners.

    When someone argues for guaranteed contracts that person is arguing in favor of paying superstars over paying rookies and marginal players.

    If you want to talk about “fairness”, the players who need the most protection are players who back up stars like JJ Watt, not stars like JJ Watt.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 2, 2014 9:59 AM

    I’m glad he got his money. As a Texan fan though…. I kind of wish he had gotten it next year. This sets a precedent for Clowney now that he can get his big deal in 3 years. Now if Clowney has the 3 years that Watt just had then ok, but….

    It also means the Texans have to find a QB in the draft because they are going to be poor in 3 years.

  19. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Sep 2, 2014 9:59 AM

    Oh, so less than Goodells annual salary.

    Excellent.

  20. ncphinsfan says: Sep 2, 2014 10:12 AM

    No doubt Watt is worth the money, but the structure and guaranteed payout is going to be a problem for the Texans down the road. If he gets hurt the fans will hate him. These mega deals cripple franchises down the road, especially when they are not in contention for a deep playoff run. With all that said he is going to be nasty with Clowney to opposing Teams.

  21. bearssuck says: Sep 2, 2014 10:17 AM

    All that $$ for a D- Lineman? WTH!!!

  22. texansdan says: Sep 2, 2014 10:22 AM

    Good for him and good for the Texans. Watt is the face of the franchise and has been a class act all the way. This should also provide some motivation for Clowney–he gets to work around a guy who can show what hard work will do for you, eventually.

  23. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 2, 2014 10:24 AM

    It’s actually a good thing the NFL rarely has guaranteed contracts like the NBA does. That way, teams don’t cripple themselves for years with bad contracts. And it’s the fans that suffer the most, cuz they tune out their teams when the realize they will have no shot to win for years.

    I think there was a statistic that in the NBA only 7 teams have won the title since 1992, while in the NFL, I think it was 13 or 14 teams have won Super Bowls. That’s one reason (among many) that the NFL is more popular than the NBA.

  24. phillysports1 says: Sep 2, 2014 10:28 AM

    Way too much.

  25. 700levelvet says: Sep 2, 2014 10:40 AM

    I like what Mrbigass said … If it’s true. Can’t blame the guy for maximizing his income.. But to realize his worth comes with integrity and simply being a man, which the NFL is so void of, I will root for a MAN on any team, then a punk on my team…

  26. omnipresentfan says: Sep 2, 2014 10:43 AM

    Damn you RGIII!!

  27. restorativejusticeprogram says: Sep 2, 2014 10:44 AM

    The players and NFL can each get what they want (the NFL wants players willing to sacrifice their health for a paycheck and the players want guaranteed cash) is contracts are fully guaranteed by limited to a max of 3 years with part of the third year paid out over a 10 year period as annuity.

    Discuss.

  28. kneelbeforesod says: Sep 2, 2014 10:46 AM

    For Watt it’s worth.

  29. noladat says: Sep 2, 2014 10:53 AM

    The best defender in the game. Good job extending him!

  30. coachbeck says: Sep 2, 2014 10:53 AM

    This is why there is a case for the players dropping the union and negotiating each contract. Then these players can negotiate the things that are most important.

    If the argument comes that the owners won’t spend….. Then that’s a failed argument, because owners will spend any amount of money to win.

    I think the salary cap structure is something that the owners like because it keeps every team in the mix for the most part.

    If the union was broken then they could stop these ridiculous limitations of practice throughout the year. That’s hurting the game more than anything.

  31. texansdan says: Sep 2, 2014 11:01 AM

    Some Watt stats:
    183 solo tackles since 2011 leads all NFL DL.
    Led the NFL in QB hits 2 years in a row (43, 46).
    Leads all DLs in passes defensed (27).
    Most sacks in NFL over last two years (31).
    And he’s a class act. Worth it.

  32. sportsfan18 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:03 AM

    “I’ve always wondered this so help me out if you can please. Do teams have a checking account or something to pay out these $30-50 million signing bonuses? That’s a crazy amount of money to us regular stiffs.”

    Their checking accounts are to simply turn more of us upside down and shake us until everything falls out.

    If that still isn’t enough, they go door to door and those unlucky enough to be home or to answer the door get turned upside down and taken for all they have…

    Cuban was spot on to the NFL’s greed…

    I hear they’re talking about charging fans for the air they breathe while at the games too…

  33. mkelly534 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:08 AM

    Amazing what a top NFL player gets versus a basketball player. Of course in Basketball they play 82 games instead of 16 but J.J. Watt is played like a average 6th man on an NBA team Must be a little galling also considering that NBA contracts are guaranteed and the NFL does not guarantee contracts even though it is the most profitable sport

  34. 52lightsxout52 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:11 AM

    Congratulations JJ, you deserve it!

    #OnWisconsin

  35. oldbyrd says: Sep 2, 2014 11:14 AM

    Yet some people and children dont have food.

  36. mousietongue says: Sep 2, 2014 11:15 AM

    harrisonhits2 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:43 AM

    Watt disappears in big games this is a mistake by Houston.

    Guaranteed contracts would ruin the nfl faster than Goodell is already doing so.

    I guess a pick 6 in a playoff game doesn’t qualify as not disappearing? SMH….

  37. piratefreedom says: Sep 2, 2014 11:24 AM

    As a Pats fans I have nothing but respect for Watt, he’s the best defensive lineman in football and there is a big gap between him and anybody else.
    Well deserved contract and I doubt very much he’ll become a Fat Albert Haynesworth now that he has it.

  38. lunarpie says: Sep 2, 2014 11:24 AM

    Jay Jay Watt is 100% NFL SuperStar and deserves every dollar of this contract!!!! I’m not even a Texan’s fan and still want to watch every play when he’s on the field. He’s a combination class act and beast on the field. GO JAY JAY!!!!!

  39. blizzard01 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:27 AM

    That’ll turn him into a Republican right quick.

  40. piratefreedom says: Sep 2, 2014 11:28 AM

    mkelly534 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:08 AM

    Amazing what a top NFL player gets versus a basketball player.

    Roster sizes are quite bit different: if football was a QB, 2 WRs , a pass rusher (who counts 1 steamboat , 2 steamboat) and 2 DBs then they would only have to pay six starters and it would look like my backyard when I was 10.

  41. pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 11:28 AM

    What people fail to understand about a player like Watt and the guaranteed money is that with the new rookie pay scale Watt was severely underpaid for the previous two season. Now he will be paid what he deserves over the next 3-4 years but if his play slips in his late 20’s he will be asked to take a pay cut and if he refuses the team can simply cut him. And since all the guaranteed money is up front there will be no penalty to the team. So for an average NFL career star players only make fair market value for a 3-5 year window even if they play at a star level for 5-10 years.

  42. uncletuna says: Sep 2, 2014 11:29 AM

    Man is a beast – glad he got paid…

  43. fanaticks says: Sep 2, 2014 11:35 AM

    His contract makes it hard to build a team, as you will always be in search of the right QB. How the cap is structured, you can only pay one player “QB type” money. I am not saying he is not worth it as he is the best player in the league, offense and/or defense the man is a beast and deserves the money but the fact remains, it will be hard to get a franchise QB, which most teams are built around, when you have to pay a DL this much.

    This is not even considering Clowney, as nobody knows what he will become.

  44. pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 11:42 AM

    To NFL viewer:

    Where in the world did you get the 70 percent figure????? Haha!!!!

    I really hope you aren’t referring to that 70 percent the owners were using during the lock out. Haha, if you believe the owners are actually giving the players 70 percent of ALL the leagues revenue then you are either clueless or you work for the NFL.

    The reality is at best the revenue split between the players and owners is 50/50. Anyone who thinks otherwise is clueless.

  45. pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 11:46 AM

    To fanaticks:

    The cap is crap in the NFL and with a cap hit somewhere near 10 next year this will hardly hamstring the Texans from building a contending team.

    Trivia: how many NFL teams are currently operating at the NFL salary cap ceiling?

  46. 2manyconcussions says: Sep 2, 2014 11:54 AM

    Interesting that we are seeing some of the rookie contracts being renegotiated. I think the new rookie wage scale is a good thing, but when some of the guys turn into superstar level performers, the teams will have to crack open the contracts or risk alienating the player.

  47. dalcow4 says: Sep 2, 2014 12:37 PM

    The Texans were kind of stuck on this one. Watt is overrated and the team is terrible, but he is the face of the franchise and is thought of by fans as The Best Player In The League.

    They had to keep him and play the market game.

  48. raymondtx says: Sep 2, 2014 1:33 PM

    Hopefully, Clowney is Watt 2.0 because the Texans sure passed on some qbs in the draft.

  49. bluenose1965 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:35 PM

    Sounds like the Dallas Cowboys fans think he’s overrated.

    So it’s not just Jerrah that can’t spot talent.

  50. ghost26 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:35 PM

    Outstanding player & a classy human being. Good for J.J.

  51. paythevig says: Sep 2, 2014 1:53 PM

    “That’s a far better structure than the Colin Kaepernick deal”…

    Easy to do when Watt is arguably the only player they need to worry about keeping for the long term. No disrespect intended but it’s not like they have to worry about resigning Fitzpatrick and Garrett Graham. Outside of AJ, Watt is the face of the franchise and everyone else is expendable.

  52. bigwinintx says: Sep 2, 2014 1:54 PM

    I see you drinking that Hate-orade Cowboys fan…
    It’s not our fault Jerry let Ware leave you.

    Oh, and that “Ring Of Honor” is a joke unless Jimmy Johnson’s name is slapped right next to Tom Landry’s!

  53. mysterytonite says: Sep 2, 2014 4:02 PM

    That play he made against my Bengals in the playoffs a couple of years ago was one of the greatest defensive plays I’ve ever seen. I was so mad but then I said to myself I will probably never see a play like that again. Just amazing.

    The dude is the scariest player in the league and he deserves the cash. Not to mention he seems to be a great guy off the field too. Good for him.

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