Texans DE J.J. Watt has an NFL leading 31.0 sacks in the last two years. In that span he has been named to two Pro Bowls and two First-Team All-Pro selections.
In 2012, only his second year in the league, Texans DE J.J. Watt led the league with 20.5 sacks en route to a Pro Bowl appearance, First-Team All-Pro selection and being named Defensive Player of the Year. Now in his 4th year in the league following another 10+ sack season, Pro Bowl appearance and First-Team All-Pro selection, Watt feels he has outplayed his 2011 rookie contract.
Watt was selected in the 1st-round of the 2011 NFL draft under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which allows the team a four-year period before the team can negotiate a new contract with the players.
“I know what I can do,” Watt said an interview with Yahoo!. “I can work as hard as I possibly can. And then I’ll let the team decide what I’m worth. Then we’ll see how it goes from there.”
The kind of money Watt would be eligible for in a new deal would likely be the highest for a DE in NFL history. Fellow 2011 1st-round picks Patrick Peterson and Tyron Smith were the first to sign lucrative extensions – Peterson received the highest salary for a CB in NFL history while Smith signed a deal worth over $90 million.