You know what's a great way to start the 2014 season? Inking the largest contract for a defensive player in NFL history.
Early Tuesday morning it was announced the Texans and J.J. Watt reached a 6-year $100 million deal with $51.876 Million guaranteed.
Watt, the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft, had two years left on his contract, including a base salary of $1.9 million this year and a $6.9 option year in 2015.
Under the terms of his extension, Watt’s base salaries this year and in 2015 will be $907,385 and $9.969 million. When he signs, he gets $10 million.
Watt’s new deal begins in 2016 and extends through the 2021.
Since the start of the 2012 season, Watt ranks first in every category of defensive importance:
- 31 Sacks
- 89 QB Hits
- 85 Knockdowns
- 61 Tackles For Loss
- 21 Batted Passes
- 161 Tackles (1st for DE)
If anybody deserves the megadeal, it's Watt.
Ironically, Watt's new deal surpasses that signed by former Texans No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams, when he agreed to go to work for the Buffalo Bills to the tune of six years, $96 Million.