The big news around Houston and the NFL this morning is that the Texans have exercised the fifth-year option on J.J. Watt’s contract, locking him in for 2015.
Watt and other members of the 2011 draft, signed four year contracts that gave teams the option of a fifth year under a formula that probably sounded good at the time. The top ten players drafted do get a nice deal ( same as a transition tag) but Watt was picked number eleven. That means his salary is based on the average paid to the top 25 players at his position not counting players one through three.
It’s hard to feel too sorry for anyone who will be making $6,969,000, but based on NFL salaries, he is worth a heck of a lot more. It’s about half of what the Rams pay Chris Long, and Watt’s stats are better.
Sports writers say this is just a temporary measure to keep things cool while a contract extension is negotiated. They all expect Watt to be making big bucks by this time next year.