J.J. Watt is no doubt one of the best, if not the best, defensive player to play the sport of football in recent years. He is even willing to restructure his contract in order for the team to have more money to sign more players.
The Texans are a team on the verge of being ready to make the playoffs behind the excellent defense of Watt, but they clearly have some rebuilding to do on the offensive end still, especially the struggling situation at quarterback.
Watt is a defensive lineman and he was the choice as NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He is the kind of player that every quarterback fears before getting on the field and with some help, the Texans could be a force to be reckoned with.
With J.J. Watts’ new contract, the Texans will have an extra $8 million that they are able to use for signing other players. He was able to convert his $10 million roster bonus into a signing bonus for the team.
Source: JJ Watt has restructured his contract. Turned $10M roster bonus into a signing bonus. Creates $8M in cap space for HOU for 2015.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 24, 2015
The salary move should help the team build around their star player and acquire new talent that will help them have a successful season in 2015. His salary also has an increase in the following years due to receiving less money in 2015.
In addition to the recent restructuring of his contract, he signed a six-year deal prior to the 2014 season that could pay him $100 million. He is the most valuable player on the team by a long shot and was even in talks for the MVP of the league last year.
J.J. Watt now has a $14.5M cap number in 2016 & 2017. That's a $2M increase for each year because of the salary conversion.
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) March 24, 2015
J.J. Watt is the only player to have multiple seasons with 20 or more sacks, achieving the feat in 2012 and 2014. In his outstanding 2014 season, he was responsible for 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles (29 for losses), 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes.
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