After a rollercoaster of an offseason so far for the Texans, the team can sit comfortably with its All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Watt will not ask for a contract extension this offseason.
“I don’t think that’s necessary,” said the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, “I’m not going to demand anything. If I asked for an extension or money right now, I think that would be the wrong move.”
When asked about possible negotiations, Watt addressed the situation with a great deal of understanding concerning his health.
“I fully understand and respect the situation that I’m in at the moment and what has happened the past few years. So I’m not going to sit here and demand anything,” Watt said, “I’m going out there to prove what I’m worth.”
J.J. Watt was asked, with two years remaining and no guaranteed money left on his contract, would he want a contract extension this offseason.
“No. No. I don’t think that’s necessary.” pic.twitter.com/vQXTQM9nCb
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) May 27, 2020
Injury is the Biggest Issue
After being drafted, Watt did not miss a game for the first five season of his NFL career. However, his health has become a significant issue as of lately. In Watt’s last four season, he missed a total of 32 games.
Watt signed a six-year $100 million contract in 2014. That deal currently has no guaranteed money left on it. Still, Watt has refused to ask for another deal. It seems the 31-year-old defensive end wants to show that he can still play at an elite level even after suffering the injuries he’s had.
Last season, Watt suffered a torn pectoral that sidelined him for most of the regular season. The pass rusher was able to recover just in time to suit up for the playoffs. In 2018, Watt racked up a total of 16 sacks. If he could recreate the season he had just two years ago, he will have most definitely proved his worth. Watt would again be in line for a massive contract.
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