J.J. Watt becomes highest paid defensive player in NFL

JJ Watt

J.J. Watt has agreed a long-term contract extension with the Houston Texans that will see him become the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

The powerful defensive end has reached an agreement with the Texans on a six-year contract extension that could pay him $100 million, with $51.876 guaranteed.

The new deal starts this season and Watt will now be the highest paid defensive player in the history of the NFL, and few can argue that he is the best defensive player in the league right now.

Watt has 36.5 sacks over his first three seasons in the NFL since he was selected with the 11th pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

He earned the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year award for his dominating displays and he was just as disruptive last season.

The 25-year-old will line up alongside the No. 1 overall pick from this year's draft in Jadeveon Clowney and the Texans could have the most fearful pass rush in the league.

Houston still has plenty of problems to fix, but tying Watt down to a long-term deal gives them a foundation to build upon in the near future.

The 6ft 5ins lineman has not missed a game since he entered the league in 2011 but the Texans will need to now focus on fixing their offense if they are to enjoy any more success.

They averaged 17.3 points per game last season - the second worst record in the league, and will be looking forward to a better campaign this time around. 

After winning their first two games last year, the Texans then lost the following 14 and head coach Bill O'Brien is now hoping to improve the team in his first season in Houston.

J.J Watt is the most dangerous player on the side and his new contract should give the Texans something to build from going forward.

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