Last years 2010 11th overall pick, Anthony Davis offensive tackle from Rutgers, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers penned a deal worth $26.5 million over five years, with $15.954 million guaranteed. That was pre-rookie wage scale.
Houston Texans 2011 11th overall pick, J.J. Watt defensive lineman from Wisconsin, has inked a deal for of $11.23M over four years with the total amount being gauranteed. The Texans have an option for a 5th year which must be exercised after year three of the contract or Watt is allowed to become an unrestricted free agent after the 4th year.
If the team decides to pick up the option on J.J. Watt’s contract after the 3rd season then Watt will earn during his fifth year a salary equal to the average of the Nos. 3-25 salaries at defensive end position.
All the money in Watt’s deal is guaranteed along with the 5th year option salary if it is exercised by the Texans. If Watt performs up to expectations the Texans will have a talented, motivated, and explosive defensively lineman at a bargain price for half a decade.
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