One of the Badgers’ most beloved alumni just signed a six year contract extension with the Houston Texans. Wisconsin fans may still have some ill will toward the city of Houston, where the Badgers just blew a 24-7 lead against LSU, but this something to smile about. J.J. Watt, the NFL’s premier defensive end, is proudly representing the Badgers on the biggest stage.
The extension was first reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle late last night.
The six-year contract extension is for a mind-boggling $100 million and was reported to be worth $51.876 million in guaranteed cash at signing. That makes Watt the highest-paid defensive player in the entire NFL. Quite a feat for the kid that graced Madison with his presence for four glorious years.
Watt is 25 years old and is now singed through the 2021 season. He won the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and is widely accepted as the league’s top defensive player.
Through three NFL seasons he’s amassed 36.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and hasn’t missed a start. He’s unequivocally on pace to be a Hall of Fame inductee — of course he has to continue this pace for the next ten years to do so. But for anyone that saw his motor while in Madison, there’s no question that if anyone can do it it’s him.
It should be noted that a subsequent report by Pro Football Talk has Watt getting ‘only’ $30.87 million guaranteed at signing. But in reality, the difference between $51 million and $30 million is virtually nothing. Both are insane, both are incomprehensible.
Good for Watt and good for Wisconsin’s football program, too. It goes a long way on the recruiting trail to be able to point at the highest paid defensive player in the NFL when trying to woo a five-star defensive end high school prospect.
Kudos J.J. enjoy your deserved reward.
For a little nostalgia of when he was tearing it up on Saturdays: