According to Field Yates from ESPN Boston, the %%MATCH_1%% 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.