J.J. Watt: Texans Contract Extension Isn't Necessary, 'Would Be the Wrong Move'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 27, 2020

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) warms up before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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Despite having just two years remaining on his contract, J.J. Watt isn't thinking about an extension with the Houston Texans right now. 

Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Watt said a contract extension "isn't necessary" and asking for it now "would be the wrong move."

Watt is at an interesting point in his career coming off three significant injuries in the past four seasons. He has only played all 16 games in a season once since 2016.

Last season saw Watt miss the final eight games of the regular season with a torn pectoral muscle. The five-time Pro Bowler did return in the postseason, playing a combined 85 snaps in Houston's two playoff games. 

Watt aggravated a back injury early in the 2016 season that required surgery and suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg during the fifth game of the 2017 season. 

The 2018 season saw Watt return at full strength, recording 16 sacks and an NFL-high seven forced fumbles. 

Houston owes Watt a total of $33 million over the next two seasons. His $16.7 million average annual salary ranks ninth among defensive ends, per Spotrac.

Watt has been the face of Texans football since being drafted by the organization in 2011. The 31-year-old is a five-time All-Pro first-team selection and has been named NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times.