Texans restructure J.J. Watt’s deal for some salary cap room


The Texans just signed star defensive end J.J. Watt to a gigantic contract extension a year ago, and they’re already fiddling with it.

Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Watt has restructured his contract to create another $8 million in cap space this year.

The move simply parlayed a $10 million roster bonus into a signing bonus to prorate the hit over remaining years, likely the way they intended to do it the day he signed the deal.

While it clears current room, it tacks on an extra $2 million worth of cap charges in each year moving forward. As long as the cap keeps going up at its current rate, it shouldn’t be a problem. But teams have been bitten by kicking the can down the road before, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

18 responses to “Texans restructure J.J. Watt’s deal for some salary cap room

  1. He’s a talent … but as we’ve seen many times before, a contract like his can kill a team’s playoff chances.

  2. Odd time to create $8 million in cap space with free agency pretty much over, IMO. Would have made more sense if it was done a month ago, but what are they going to do with the extra cap space at this point in time?

  3. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 24, 2015 1:31 PM
    buyers remorse already….???


    Why would you have buyer’s remorse for a player that is young, self motivated and puts up better stats EVERY year? You could cut off fingers and count the teams that wouldn’t take J.J. Watts over their starting DEs.

  4. This just confirms that the Lions did the right thing by not matching the Miami Contract offer for Suh.
    Houston has no big QB contract or other +$10m cap player and they are restructuring Watt’s contract already.
    The Lions have both CJ and Stafford with cap hits in excess of $17m for the next 3 years.

  5. I think lots of people either a) can’t read very well or b) chose not to read the article before posting a comment. My guess is this $8 million that they’ve freed up is designed to sign a particular player. Maybe Michael Crabtree, as someone has mentioned.

  6. I think I’d be happier if the Texans used the extra money for even more defense. So many questions at QB, picking up someone like Crabtree is pointless with no talent to get him the ball. Speaking of QB, I think they were better off keeping Fitzy over getting Hoyer.

  7. Does this mean the Fins can pay Suh less now? I heard they both share the same agent.

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