The Houston Texans should explore the possibility of reworking J.J. Watt’s contract after revising Zach Fulton’s deal.
After reportedly restructuring the last two years of Zach Fulton’s deal to remain with the Houston Texans, it opens up the question, why shouldn’t the front office explore the avenue of extending J.J. Watt’s contract?
Watt has two years remaining in his contract with no money guaranteed. If a player deserves some guaranteed money, it is the former three-time Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year recipient. Watt recognized in his latest video conference with the Houston media that he wouldn’t demand a new deal, but he doesn’t have to say it, he deserves it.
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Watt signed one of the biggest deals at the time when he agreed to a six-year $100 million contract with Houston. However, he quickly outplayed the deal and never really created a commotion about being underpaid. Watt has come through time and time again by pushing himself to the limit to help the team.
He reworked his deal in 2015 to open up cap space for the Texans, and he rushed back to the field last season to play in the playoffs after suffering a torn pectoral muscle injury. Watt remains one of the players that has put his body and money on the line to put the Texans in a better position to be successful.
Giving Watt a new deal with guaranteed money would not only be the right thing to do, but it would be a great act of faith so that he retires as a Texan. Watt mentioned that he would love to remain for a Texan for his entire.
At 31, Watt remains one of the most disruptive defenders in the league. Watt ended last season only playing half of the regular season, but he finished with 24 total tackles, 21 quarterback hits, four sacks, four tackles for loss, three pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.
Injuries have slowed his momentum in these past seasons; however, he remains the most valuable defender the Texans have had in franchise history, and he deserves to be rewarded for it. Watt is already the leading player in several categories for the franchise’s history.
He leads the defense all-time with 96 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, 15 fumble recoveries, 158 tackles for loss, 265 quarterback hits, and ranks fifth overall with 54 passes defended.
The Texans have dealt with their fair share of criticism in the offseason for decisions they have made, but this would be a move welcomed by everyone.