March 21, 2018

Texans Exercise J.J. Watt’s 5th-Year Option

According to Field Yates from ESPN Boston, the Houston Texans have exercised the 5th year option J.J. Watt’s rookie deal. With the new CBA first round picks have a fifth year option that teams and pick up before extending the player with a new contract. The deadline to do so was May 3rd and the Texans did not wait around for the deadline.

Watt has been worth more than his rookie deal where Watt has been a dominant force since being drafted 11th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. In three seasons Watt has 217 total tackles, 36.5 sacks, 27 pass defensed and 8 forced fumbles.

He has garnered two Pro Bowl Selections (2012, 2013), AP 1st team All-Pro (2012,2013) and AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012).

This comes as little surprise for a player of Watt’s caliber and his production on the field.

3 Responses to “Texans Exercise J.J. Watt’s 5th-Year Option”
  1. jonathan emmons says:

    This keeps him from leaving. He will have a HUGE DEAL by camp

  2. Jeffery Farley says:

    cool!! now give him his money

  3. Louie Partain says:

    Watt was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, which is important to remember because members of the 2011 draft class were the first ones who signed a rookie contract under terms of the most recent collective bargaining agreement.

    Under terms of the CBA that was passed in 2011, all drafted players are signed to a four-year contract. However, players drafted in the first-round have a team option for a fifth-year included in their contract.

    Each NFL team has until May 3 to exercise the 2015 option on any first-round draft pick from 2011. For players selected in the top-10 of the 2011 draft, the option means they’ll be paid the transition tender from the fourth-year of their deal. For instance, the transition number for a quarterback in 2014 is $14.67 million. Once the Panthers officially hit Cam Newton with the fifth-year option, that’s how much he’ll make in 2015.

    For players like Watt, who were drafted between 11 and 32, they’ll get paid the average of the top-25 players at their position, not counting the top-3. Basically, the Texans will be getting Watt at a bargain for the next two seasons. Watt will be paid $6.97 million in 2015, according to the Baltimore Sun.

    The 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has 36.5 sacks over the past three seasons. Only DeMarcus Ware (37), Robert Mathis (37), Aldon Smith (42) and Jared Allen (45.5) have more in that span.

    The city of Houston probably won’t mind Watt sticking around, because over his three years there, he’s been doing things like this.

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