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Draft Scout *J.J. Watt News
08/21/14 - During the Texans' three days of joint practices with the Broncos at Denver, defensive end J.J. Watt was in the news. It started with Watt going public with his frustrations over his failure to get a contract extension.
Watt's agent, Tom Condon, has been involved in negotiations with the Texans on an extension, but they've been unable to reach an agreement. Watt's in the fourth year of the four-year contract he signed in 2011, with a base salary this year of $1.9 million. In May, the Texans exercised a fifth-year option in 2015 for $6.9 million.
"I sure as heck hope we can make something happen," Watt said. "I get paid to go after quarterbacks. There are people who get paid to decide how much I get paid to go after quarterbacks. I'll let them decide that (how much he's worth).
"I hope I've given the effort and everything they could want to hopefully show that appreciation."
General manager Rick Smith has a policy of no contract negotiations during the regular season, so they're working with a deadline.
Watt has no intention of playing anywhere but Houston.
"I love the fans we have," he said. "I love the relationship we have. The city's so great. The way they've treated (me) and my family, I couldn't ask for a better place to play."
Watt wouldn't consider holding out.
"Because that would cause me to miss time with my teammates, and right now, I want to practice," he said. "I want to be out here with these young guys. I want to teach them the things I know.
"I want to better myself. It hasn't really come to that. I want to be a Houston Texan. I want to play football. I want to be the best I can be, and I can't do that by sitting on my couch."
Watt was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft. That was the first draft class under the new collective bargaining agreement that severely reduced guaranteed money for first-round picks.
Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson and Dallas offensive tackle Tyron Smith were selected ahead of
12/26/13 - --DE J.J. Watt has a team-high 9.5 sacks, but he hasn't recorded one in five consecutive games.
12/18/13 - DE J.J. Watt has a league-best 30 sacks over the last two seasons. He also has a league-best 22 passes defensed.
12/11/13 - --DE J.J. Watt leads all NFL defensive linemen with 41 hits on the quarterback. He's also tied with St. Louis' Robert Quinn with 17 tackles for loss.
12/03/13 - DL J.J. Watt has been exceptional again despite Houston's disappointing season.
According to STATS, LLC, Watt leads the NFL with 38 quarterback hits and 17 tackles for loss. He leads defensive linemen with 51 tackles. He also has 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as well as two blocked field goals.
"J.J.'s probably the top defensive lineman in the league," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "I think everybody can see that from the way he plays. He's really hitting the quarterback a lot of times this year. He hasn't had as many sacks, but he's had a lot of hits on the quarterbacks. And he's still getting a lot of tackles for loss. He's consistently a great player every game."