Texans aren’t talking to J.J. Watt, but maybe they should be


Like every other player taken in the 2011 draft, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has become eligible for a new contract.  Like every other player taken in the first round of said draft, the Texans have Watt’s rights locked up for the next two years.

And so Watt’s contract isn’t a priority for the Texans.  But perhaps it should be.

We’re not in talks with J.J.,” G.M. Rick Smith said at the Scouting Combine, via the Houston Chronicle.  “We’re in internal talks to determine what our strategy [is] and how we’ll continue to put this football team together and move forward, whether we’re talking about free agency or the draft.”

The NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2012, Watt arguably is the best of the draft picks taken in 2011.  (At a minimum, he’s the best of the non-quarterbacks.)  Despite not losing as much as the top picks due to the arrival of the rookie wage scale in 2011, Watt definitely felt the pinch.

In 2010, 49ers tackle Anthony Davis signed a five-year $26.5 million contract as the 11th overall pick.  Watt’s four-year deal is worth $11.237 million.

And while the 2015 option the Texans hold will push the five-year haul higher, Watt’s status as the first guy taken outside the top 10 will push his 2015 pay from the average of the 10 highest-paid defensive linemen in 2014 to the average of the third through the 25th.

Regardless of the gap between what Watt would have made if drafted in 2010 and what he did make in 2011, Watt’s production and potential merits a raise.  A raise the Texans don’t seem to be ready to give him.

Watt has yet to address whether he’d hold out to get a new deal.  Don’t be surprised if Watt would.

30 responses to “Texans aren’t talking to J.J. Watt, but maybe they should be

  1. They have time to figure out what to do with Watt, but more importantly they should be asking what do we do with Andre Johnson?!?!?!?! That’s the big question because he’s 32 now and getting very pricey and they have already wasted ELEVEN seasons of him to not win or come even close to winning or setting up a dominant team. The smart move would have been to trade him in ANY of those 11 seasons rather than to use him and not convert on a meaningful result. So they need to figure out are they going to waste him until he’s done, or trade him now and salvage something before it’s too late.

    Make up your mind Houston, are you a winner or a waster?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I am not saying I could do a better job than actual GM’s as I think that they have many tough decisions…

    …this is not one of those decisions..

  3. He is the best defensivr player in football hands down. If the texans are dumb enough to not talk to him then thats thier problem. But he is one of the few players who can ask for QB type money. If the texans dont sign him to an extention and he holds out look out. He could be the highest paid player in the league Qbs included

  4. 3 million a year was a steal. Time to pay him and spread the cap hit out over as many years as possible. If not, he could obliterate the Texan’s cap when his contract is expiring.

  5. I am of the belief that you should play through and honor your contract.

    But He is worth at least the $16 million a year that Revis gets.

  6. They are probably gonna let him walk like they did Williams.. But I doubt they get so luck with a replacement the second time around

  7. He signed a contract. He plays out the contract, then he signs another. Don’t see why the Texans would need to be in a hurry. He works, or he doesn’t get paid till 2016.

  8. Totally agree with other posters, he had an agent, that agent negotiated the best possible deal for both sides at the time, so play through it…

  9. He could hold out because a very compelling argument could be made that they need him, on the field, happy, and producing. Of course that’s if they don’t want the first pick in the draft next year as well.

  10. To the say the least, I’m not a 49er fan.

    With that in mind, if they redid the 2011 draft and could pick first, I would take Aldon Smith. Off the field issues and all, I think your assessment of Watt as the best non QB in the draft wrong.

  11. You know who gave JJ Watt his iconic bloody nose?

    Russell Wilson. The Texans were 2-1 going in to week 4, and had a 20-3 lead over the Seahawks late in the 3rd quarter, when JJ Watt decided to rearrange his own face on RW’s helmet. After that play, Seattle ripped off 20 straight points to win 23-20.

    That broken nose was the turning point of the game and season, which culminated in the Texans receiving the 2014 first overall draft pick and the Seahawks picking 32nd.

  12. Other then the QB, no position should be paid 16 mil a year. Sorry but that’s not the way to build a championship team.

    Let him play out his contract but in the meanwhile, begin to draft other Defensive lineman. If he wants to bolt for the big dollars, then so be it.

    He can go to some loser franchise who has a ton of cap space to pay him and get lost in obscurity with that loser team.

  13. dude u dont hold out with 2 yrs left on a deal
    yes u have out preformed ur deal and texans should redo the 2 yr with a bump in pay

    but its a business so be patient

  14. Watt will retire in Houston , Ware is the player that’s on the move..Watt would look good in ANY uniform, too bad he’s only going to wear one…GOOOOO TEXANS!

  15. Texans will add the 5th year, and then renegotiate with him next year. And then he’ll be the highest paid defensive player of all time.

    To be honest, it wouldn’t surprise me if every non-QB got the 5th year added instead of a new long term deal.

  16. I think JJ WATT has more honor & integrity than most people here are giving him credit for.. I am hoping for the same of Rick Smith!! If the Texans end up screwing WATT & Losing him, they will lose much more than the greatest Defensive Player of All Time!! They will lose a lot of fans & w/o us they have nothing!!

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