The Texans has put together a contract that will make JJ Watt the richest defensive player in NFL history. Watt has agreed to a 6-year extension worth $100 million with $51.8 guaranteed. Watt is considered to be the best defensive player in the league right, now and now, he will be paid as such.
Watt surpassed his former teammate, Mario Williams, who received a $96 million deal from the Bills, putting him in a group of some very rich men. Watt had 2 years left on his rookie contract and Texans GM, Rick Smith, made sure that the 25-year old All-Pro will be in Houston for another 2 seasons.
It's no question Watt deserved his money. In his first 3 seasons, he has 36.5 sacks and 27 pass deflection. In 2012, Watt was named Defensive player of the Year after accumulating 20.5 sacks, 16 pass deflections, and 4 forced fumbles. Last season, he only had 10.5 sacks, a major decrease from his 2012 season, but he led the league in QB hurries with 38 (no other players had more than 21 according to Football Outsiders Almanac).
I'm not a fan of giving players big contracts after they had a subpar season the year before but in Watt's defense, the entire team had a bad season. Texans are building their foundation with Watt as the main piece on defense. This year, Watt will have Jadeveon Clowney on the opposite side of him, which should take away some of those double teams he has seen. No matter what though, Watt and Clowney must produced.