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Texans Restructure DE J.J. Watt’s Contract, Free Up $8M In Cap Space

Field Yates of ESPN reports that Texans DE J.J. Watt restructured his contract and helped free up some additional cap space for Houston.

  • According to Yates, Watt converted his $10 million roster bonus into a signing bonus and in turn created $8 million in cap space for the Texans.
  • Joel Corry points out that Watt’s 2015 cap figure of $21.969 million will be reduced to $13.969 million.
  • Albert Breer mentions that this move will add an additional $2 million in cap space to Houston’s salary caps from 2016-2019.

Watt, 26, signed an eight-year, $108.88 million contract that included $51.8 million guaranteed with the Texans back in September of last year.

In 2014, Watt appeared in all 16 games and recorded 78 tackles, 20.5 sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown, four forced fumbles, five recoveries, a safety, and 10 pass defenses.

He won the Defensive Player of the year Award unanimously and finished second to Aaron Rodgers in the MVP voting.

Pro Football Focus has him rated as the N0. 1 defensive end in a 3-4 defense out of 47 qualifying players by a huge margin.