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JJ Watt becomes the highest paid defensive player in the league. Curious to how everyone thinks this will affect us with Wilkerson. Also I didn't realize this but Snacks is a free agent after this season as well. Big money will likely be spent next year on our Dline.

 

 

 

The Houston Texans and defensive end J.J. Watt have reached agreement on a new six-year extension that could pay him $100 million, league sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

The deal, which affects the final two seasons of his current contract and keeps him with the Texans through the 2021 season, will pay Watt a guaranteed $51.8 million, the most for a defensive player in the history of the NFL. The $16.6 million annual value also is the highest for a defensive player.

 

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Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesJ.J. Watt's new deal will pay him a guaranteed $51.8 million, the most for a defensive player in the history of the NFL.

 

Watt, the 11th selection in the 2011 draft and the 2012 defensive player of the year, has 36.5 sacks in his first three seasons.

He said in August that he hoped he had earned a new contract.

"With the new [collective bargaining agreement], I think one of the goals was to make guys earn their pay," Watt said. "No more big paydays up front. Make guys go out there and play, show that they've earned it.

"So I think when a team gives a big contract after the third year, they're saying, 'Listen, we think you've earned this.' I don't know if [the Texans] feel that way or not, but I sure hope I've put in all the work, and I've put in everything I can do to hopefully earn it."

Also in August, Texans owner Bob McNair said the team would redo Watt's deal early only if it made sense for the team.

"It's going to be a big contract," McNair said at the time. "If we can do something with him that makes sense for the team to do it early, we'll certainly do it."

The Texans picked up a fifth-year option on Watt's contract in May that locked him in at a salary of $6.969 million for the 2015 season. The sides had some preliminary discussions before the team picked up the option.

The Houston Chronicle first reported the parties had reached agreement Monday night.

 

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Watt, one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL and perhaps the best interior lineman in a 3-4 system, said last month that he wouldn't hold out to force the Texans to renegotiate his contract.

"That would cause me to miss time with my teammates," Watt said. "Right now, I want to practice. I want to be out here with these young guys. I want to teach them things that I know. I want to better myself. And it hasn't really come to that. I want to be a Houston Texan. I want to play football, I want to be the best I can be. I can't do that by sitting on my couch. I want to come out here and help my team.

"The business side of things is the business side. Right now I'm in football mode, so I worry about that. If the time comes that I need to get involved in the business side, I will."

Both sides wanted Watt in Houston for as long as possible.

"I sure would like to be," Watt said previously. "I love the fans that we have. I love the relationship we have. The city is so great. The way that they've treated myself and my family, I couldn't ask for a better place to play."

"We want him here for a long time," McNair said.

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It affects the contracts for all 3. It's not like the bar is going to be set lower when it comes time to resign Sheldon and the cap goes up. Coincidentally this is exactly why you save your cap room.

******* Houston. God dammit.

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I can tell ya right now there is no way JETS can pay both of them. One of them will have to go. Enjoy while you have them.

Why we got $20 million rolling over from this year's cap? I'm assuming this is the main reason that Idzik left so much cap space available.

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Won't and shouldn't, but imagine if Wilkerson has a better year than Watt this season? His demands will go way up. Idzik might rush to re-sign him now. Richardson can't even renegotiate under the new cba anyway right?

We have to resign Snacks before Richardson, he's a free agent after this year. He'll demand a large payday.

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Why we got $20 million rolling over from this year's cap? I'm assuming this is the main reason that Idzik left so much cap space available.

 

Its the odds. The odds of one team investing so heavily in one part of the team are very low. Can happen but the odds are low. Remember at this point we still do not have to pay the big bucks to a QB.

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Won't and shouldn't, but imagine if Wilkerson has a better year than Watt this season? His demands will go way up. Idzik might rush to re-sign him now. Richardson can't even renegotiate under the new cba anyway right?

Mo's a really good player. Watt is elite, HOF type talent.

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