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Did J.J. Watt Deserve The $100 Million Contract That The Texans Just Gave To Him?

Submitted by on September 2, 2014 – 2:08 pmOne Comment

In the last year or so, we’ve seen quite a few NFL teams hand out contracts that could potentially be worth more than $100 million to a number of different players. Just about all of those players have been quarterbacks, though. From Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, the NFL’s “$100 Million Club” features almost exclusively QBs. However, earlier today, the Houston Texans announced that they are giving a $100 million contract to one of their players—and that player is not a quarterback (sorry, Ryan Fitzpatrick!). Instead, it’s defensive end J.J. Watt.

The six-year deal that the Texans are giving to Watt is worth at least $51 million, as that’s how much of the contract is guaranteed. But if Watt continues to perform at a high level for the team—he’s recorded 36.5 sacks and started 48 consecutive regular season games for the Texans in his three years in the NFL—the contract could end up being worth $100 million. The guaranteed money is already a record for a defensive player. But $100 million? That’s a lot of money for a defensive end to be making. So we have to ask: Is he worth it?

A lot of defensive players, like former Washington Redskins player Albert Haynesworth for example, have not been worth the large contracts that they have been given in the past. But Watt is for a number of reasons. First, he’s been a beast for the Texans so far and hasn’t even hit the prime of his career. Second, he’s dedicated himself to football and come out publicly and said that he doesn’t do anything but train for and think about football in his free time. And third, he’s given the Texans defense—and the Texans team as a whole—an identity in the last three years and turned himself into the face of the franchise. So he’s not just a guy who will make a difference on the football field for the Texans. He’s also a guy who will represent the Texans well and play a big part in their success moving forward. And that will make him worth every single penny of his current contract.

Do you think that the Texans did the right thing by giving J.J. Watt such a large contract? Or did they overpay him?

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