Houston Texans defensive finish J.J. Watt has been one of many premier pass-rushers within the NFL for the previous decade. The previous No. 11 total choose within the 2011 NFL Draft has led the NFL in sacks two totally different instances and has recorded a whopping 101 sacks over 127 profession video games performed. With the franchise in flux and Watt turning 32 this upcoming offseason, nevertheless, his future with the Texans — and his contract — will not be assured.
On Thursday, Watt was requested if he sees himself enjoying for the Texans in 2021. His response was not precisely encouraging.
“There’s a complete lot of unknowns, so we’ll see what occurs,” Watt stated, by way of Aaron Reiss of The Athletic. “I haven’t got any ensures left in my contract, so one thing’s gotta occur a method or one other.”
Again in September of 2014, Watt signed a six-year extension value as much as $100 million with the Texans. Watt will likely be coming into the final yr of his contract in 2021 and is ready to make $17,500,000 in base wage, based on Spotrac. Extra importantly, nevertheless, the Texans would not need to take care of any form of useless cap in the event that they had been to half methods with him. As he stated, there are not any ensures left in his contract.
In Might of this offseason, Watt stated that he wouldn’t be asking the Texans to increase his contract. He stated that he did not deem it “crucial,” and that he wasn’t going to demand something as a result of it “can be the flawed transfer.”
Watt is the perfect participant in Texans franchise historical past, with accolades comparable to 5 first-team All-Professional picks, 5 Professional Bowl picks and three years because the NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months. He has been the center and soul of this protection by each good instances and dangerous. After Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals for instance, Watt unleashed a prolonged commentary on gamers who do not care about profitable, whereas additionally apologizing to Texans followers for the membership’s “trash” season.
Watt is simply two years faraway from a 16-sack season, however his play has noticeably dipped in 2020. He has recorded 49 mixed tackles by 15 video games, which can doubtless be the bottom complete of his profession in a season during which he has performed double-digit video games, and has recorded simply 5 sacks. With a brand new head coach and new basic supervisor on the way in which in Houston, Watt’s state of affairs is definitely one to keep watch over.