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Report: J.J. Watt, Texans agree to long-term extension

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The Houston Texans and defensive end J.J. Watt have reportedly reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension that will keep Watt in Houston for the foreseeable future.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans and Watt agreed in principle to a deal on Monday night.

Despite having two years remaining on his rookie contract, the two sides were able to come together on terms of a contract extension.

McClain reports the deal is a six-year extension worth $100 million with $51.876 million guaranteed. It’s the largest amount of guaranteed money ever given to a defensive player, surpassing the $50 million given to Mario Williams by the Buffalo Bills.

Watt has been arguably the best defensive player in football the last two seasons. Watt has amassed 161 tackles and 31 sacks with 23 passes defended and eight forced fumbles over that span. He earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012 after posting 20.5 sacks on the year.

Watt was scheduled to make just $1.9 million in base salary this season. It’s a fairly safe assumption to believe he’s now going to make significantly more this season and into the future.

Per McClain, receiver Andre Johnson is the only other Texans player to get a new contract with two years left on his current contract.

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61 Responses to “Report: J.J. Watt, Texans agree to long-term extension”
  1. texansfan82 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:19 AM

    Glad to have him long-term.

  2. Heretopissuoff says: Sep 2, 2014 1:23 AM

    Better be massive best defensive player in football

    Khalil Mack> Clowney and Barr

  3. freepretzels says: Sep 2, 2014 1:26 AM

    There’s no argument. He’s the best defensive player in football.

  4. alonestartexan says: Sep 2, 2014 1:27 AM

    Nice.. to all the haters that thought he was leaving..


  5. texansdan says: Sep 2, 2014 1:29 AM

    Good. Face of the franchise, he deserves the extension. Also good motivation for clowney.

  6. patsarethegoat says: Sep 2, 2014 1:32 AM

    Watt Deserves every penny of that deal… guy lives breathes eats sleep football

  7. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 2, 2014 1:36 AM

    Love this guy. Complete throwback and true definition of the overused “Beast “.

    Congrats to someone who earned it

  8. txpackfan77 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:37 AM

    Great news for a great guy. He is a terrific football player and an even better person.

  9. elliottcovert says: Sep 2, 2014 1:43 AM

    A well-deserved extension for the best defensive player in the NFL. In a couple of years, this contract is going to look like a bargain.

  10. goldbloodedindfw says: Sep 2, 2014 1:44 AM

    Every time I think of J.J. Watt the image of him playing through that horrible broken nose with blood streaming down his face pops in my head. The word beast gets thrown around too loosely to describe NFL players these days but in the case of J.J. Watt I think its a well deserved label. The dude is an absolute warrior.

  11. bigsowce604 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:52 AM

    Man paid!

  12. hawkstradamus says: Sep 2, 2014 1:59 AM

    A bargian at twice the price.

  13. lionswinsuperbowl says: Sep 2, 2014 2:04 AM

    The guys an animal. Plain and simple.

  14. jerrysglassescleaner says: Sep 2, 2014 2:14 AM

    The man delivered Pizzas in college to get by. Very great human being. Deserves every cent. Hard worker. Can’t say enough about him.

  15. mclovin07 says: Sep 2, 2014 2:19 AM

    Class act. Worth every penny imo.

    I’d rather pay him than Suh.

    This from a Vikings fan.

  16. burgboy82 says: Sep 2, 2014 2:29 AM

    *Throws Johnny’s money sign up*

  17. seatownballers says: Sep 2, 2014 2:35 AM

    Well earned, dude is the most feared of his position

  18. bigshirk says: Sep 2, 2014 2:35 AM

    He’s the only defensive player in the whole league I would pay 100+ million. He’s that good.

  19. sopadegato says: Sep 2, 2014 2:51 AM

    The smartest thing Houston’s done since Wade Phillips basically forced them to draft Watt in the first place.

  20. rskinzluva says: Sep 2, 2014 2:57 AM

    Might we assume, the guaranteed money isn’t tied to some crazy formula. I mean its mostly signing and roster bonuses, not per game or stat related. Since, they’ve already made him mad b/c of comments by owner. Also, strange it was tied to former Texan Williams, who they thought wasn’t worth that much. Nice shot at him too

  21. hogdropalogonbigd says: Sep 2, 2014 2:59 AM

    Well deserved. As impressive a defensive player as it gets.

  22. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 2, 2014 2:59 AM

    Well this is good for him but if history proves correct this is bad for the Texans.
    Which is a shame.
    I’ve always liked the Texans, mainly because they show up the other Texas team regularly and that tickles my fancy.

  23. firerogergoodell says: Sep 2, 2014 4:02 AM

    Same contract as Adrian Peterson. The market value for a first ballot Hall of Famer is 100M.

  24. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Sep 2, 2014 4:12 AM


  25. jshawaii22 says: Sep 2, 2014 4:12 AM

    Wow… that makes the Seahawks getting ET and Sherman under contract for very, very team friendly deals.

    …and Russell, if they repeat, will get 25m+ for his new contract. Wow.


  26. cylondetector says: Sep 2, 2014 4:25 AM

    “Arguably the best defensive player in football”

    Actually there is no argument – he is the best by some distance.


    A Patriots fan

  27. Biggie says: Sep 2, 2014 4:27 AM

    Hooray no Texas income taxes!

  28. natelan says: Sep 2, 2014 4:29 AM

    Hard to argue against the contract with stats like that… Looks like a good investment by the a Texans, even if it is a tad rich, but Watt is a one-of-a-kind player, and young to boot… There’s no replacing talent of that caliber, so in that sense, he’s worth whatever his agent demands.

    Good on Watt for playing that well and getting the big bucks. I don’t recall ever hearing him complain about money or contract, so it sounds like he’s as classy as he is talented.

  29. kc114 says: Sep 2, 2014 4:29 AM

    This will handcuff the Texans d

  30. kc114 says: Sep 2, 2014 4:31 AM

    This will handcuff the Texans down the road. Great player but teams just can’t overpay a star player.

  31. wyrdawg says: Sep 2, 2014 4:54 AM

    Most deserving. Congrats, Sir.

  32. bigjim50010 says: Sep 2, 2014 5:15 AM

    Wisconsin boy who’s done quite well.
    Too bad the Texan’s ineptitude on offense will not be solved in the foreseeable future.

  33. bucsorbust says: Sep 2, 2014 5:21 AM

    Other DL players can now follow suit with some guidelines. Namely, DTs Gerald McCoy and N. Suh are probably somewhere in the 90-100 over 6 years price range.

  34. rayricespimphand says: Sep 2, 2014 5:24 AM

    He’s the best defensive player and quite possibly overall individual player in all of football, he deserves every penny. Also excellent in the community, and a great teammate. What he’s done the past few years is unbelievable. Clowney might get 25 sacks this year with all the double teams Watt will occupy.

  35. floratiotime says: Sep 2, 2014 5:25 AM

    I thought he was quitting football to go into the military and serve his country? Oh wait … he was just going to salute instead and pretend. I forgot.

  36. stackzondeck says: Sep 2, 2014 5:32 AM

    Well deserved. Good job Texans.

  37. oldlthrneck says: Sep 2, 2014 5:53 AM

    Well deserved!!

  38. erock27 says: Sep 2, 2014 6:12 AM

    While i wake up to get ready to go to my manual labor job to make 150$ a day. I read about a football player makeing 100 mil for 6 years to play the sport he loves..

  39. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 2, 2014 6:17 AM

    Worth every penny.

  40. shepwp1 says: Sep 2, 2014 6:46 AM

    Though I feel JJ may have earned that kind of money, I don’t like the precedence it sets for future rookie players who now can just tear up the contract they signed after only 2 years.

  41. mazenblue says: Sep 2, 2014 6:47 AM

    Good. Dudes a beast.

  42. patfic5 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:08 AM

    Good move. Epitome of what an NFL’er should be.

  43. bostonian13 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:10 AM

    He deserves it.

  44. mrbigass says: Sep 2, 2014 7:23 AM

    Worth it…….

  45. newdayintampabay says: Sep 2, 2014 7:26 AM

    He deserves it

  46. stainlineho says: Sep 2, 2014 7:28 AM

    You will never see a team with a top 10 QB making these kinds of ridiculous deals these days. Say goodbye to your future Texans.

  47. sportsfan18 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:35 AM

    THIS should be all the incentive J. Clowney needs to follow and listen to J.J. Watt…

    J.J. to Clowney… in just 2 seasons bro, the world can be yours…

    Clowney has the talent, but we’ll see if he produces.

  48. txndave says: Sep 2, 2014 7:42 AM

    Hell to the freakin yeah!!!
    Every opposing quarterback we play this year is screwed!!

  49. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 2, 2014 8:16 AM

    Good for him. If anybody deserved it, he does. Especially if he can mold Clowney into the same type of player he is.

  50. jvazz78 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:28 AM

    J.J. has shown more explosiveness than Mario Williams! Hopefully his motor don’t slow down like Foster’s did after getting paid.
    Let’s see WATT happens.

  51. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Sep 2, 2014 8:49 AM

    The stats you listed don’t even begin to tell the story. If anyone here follows pro football focus. Jj watt has had lifetime achievement seasons with the amount of negative plays he has produced. Especially the season before last. The next player hasn’t even been close. Great player, great story and a great individual off the field. Texans really hit a home run with this guy.

  52. sailbum7 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:52 AM

    I understand that these guys have a limited number of years that they can play, but these salaries are getting ridiculous. They have driven ticket and concession prices, not to mention parking prices, to the point where it costs over $500 for a family of four to go to a game, and that is in the nose bleed seats. I do not care how good a player is, no one is worth the outrageous salaries that are being paid.

  53. ctiggs says: Sep 2, 2014 8:56 AM


  54. ccjcsr says: Sep 2, 2014 9:15 AM

    Atleast he got paid, Too bad he is on a crappy team

  55. 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 9:16 AM

    We would take Cameron Heyward over this sack of potatoes every play of the game.

  56. cylondetector says: Sep 2, 2014 9:21 AM

    “Arguably the best defensive player in football”

    Actually there is no argument – he is the best by some distance.


    A Patriots fan

  57. pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 9:23 AM

    The NFL is a multi billion dollar corporation and growing. The Houston Texans had an operating income of 100+ million in 2013 and I don’t think that includes the TV money shared by league owners. Professional football is big business, it’s just the way it is. Saying that JJ Watt of all people is undeserving of this contract or that NFL players are overpaid is just ignorant. Given the shelf life of an NFL career, the long term injury risks of playing pro football, and the ridiculous revenue projections of the NFL the fact that these contracts are not fully guaranteed is disgusting. Congrats to JJ Watt! Haha, if you can’t afford to bring your kids to a Texans game it’s not his fault. Your issue is with the NFL owners not the players.

  58. therealbillybuffalo says: Sep 2, 2014 9:26 AM

    Mario Williams> JJ Watt

  59. pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 9:43 AM

    Mario Williams can’t hold JJ’s jock strap. Anyone who knows what they are talking about in regards to defensive line play will tell you JJ’s 2012/2013 seasons were the best the league has seen since the late great Reggie White played.

  60. mikerags13 says: Sep 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    Congratulations to the Texans and JJ. Best defensive player in the league.


    A Jet fan

  61. alshonsmeathooks says: Sep 2, 2014 11:16 AM

    class act. Really deserves it

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