One of the best defensive ends in the NFL has secured his long-term future. Former Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt, has officially agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension with the Houston Texans, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle on September 1:
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.
Watt had two more years left on his deal with the Texans, but the team and the player wanted to get a long-term deal done, according to Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk:
Despite having two years remaining on his rookie contract, the two sides were able to come together on terms of a contract extension.
With Watt's new contract extension, the 25-year-old will have the largest amount of guaranteed money ever given to a defensive player in NFL history. Watt will earn $51.8 guaranteed with this new deal which surpasses the $50 million given to Mario Williams from the Buffalo Bills.
Although the Texans were arguably one of the worst teams in the NFL last season, the two-time Pro Bowler was still playing at the top of his game recording 10.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and 65 tackles. Watt's numbers for 2013 were remarkable with the defensive end racking up 20.5 sacks essentially staking his claim as one of the elite players at his position.
Next season, Watt will be joined by number one overall pick Jadeveon Clowney in what could be a lethal combination on the defensive line in Houston. Clowney and Watt will lead the way in the Texans attempt to bounce back from a two-win season.