Patrick Mahomes’ 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs has certainly attracted the attention of some other quarterbacks around the league. That’s especially true for those who have yet to sign a long-term deal with their current franchise.
Deshaun Watson is one of those quarterbacks, and negotiations with the Houston Texans on a long-term contract are likely to come in the relatively near future. Watson knows it and the Texans know it. So does his Houston teammate J.J. Watt, who sent his quarterback a quick message upon learning about the Mahomes deal.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 6, 2020
That’s more or less all that needs to be conveyed, isn’t it?
Mahomes is getting $450 million from the Chiefs. Watson won’t be worth quite that much, but as someone who has the potential to get the next quarterback megadeal, his value definitely went up.
JJ Watt’s salary for 2020 places him well below some of the highest-paid defensive ends in football, but the Houston Texans star says he is not going to approach the team about renegotiating his contract this offseason.
Watt signed six-year, $100 million contract with the Texans back in 2014, and he has no guaranteed money remaining on the deal. Despite that, the 31-year-old told reporters on Wednesday that he has no intention of demanding more money. Watt said he doesn’t think asking for a new contract at this time is necessary, and he hinted that he understands the Texans might have reservations about giving him one due to his recent injury history.
J.J. Watt was asked, with two years remaining and no guaranteed money left on his contract, would he want a contract extension this offseason.
“No. No. I don’t think that’s necessary." pic.twitter.com/vQXTQM9nCb
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) May 27, 2020
Health has become a major concern for Watt. After not missing a game in his first five NFL seasons, the former No. 11 overall pick has been sidelined for a total of 32 over the last four years. The latest injury was a torn pectoral muscle that shut him down for the second half of the regular season last year, though he battled back and was able to suit up in the playoffs.
Watt is just two years removed from a 16-sack season in 2018. He claims he is healthy heading into the 2020 season, and he will certainly be in line for another massive contract if he comes close to duplicating his production from two years ago. Even if he sought an extension this offseason, he wouldn’t be in a position of strength.
Even veteran players are prone to bad seasons. Despite their experience and talent, sometimes things just don’t click, be it an underlying injury, a bad supporting cast, or a poor scheme fit. It’s particularly troublesome when vets go through bad seasons, as NFL teams rely on their most experienced and accomplished players to drive them forward. If that doesn’t happen, the whole team suffers.
So which NFL veterans really need to turn things around and get back on track in 2020? Here are five to watch for.
The 2020 NFL regular season will be unique for many reasons, but it will also feature a slew of players attempting to make a comeback — some in new uniforms.
Whether these players missed time due to injury, inconsistency or retirement, all should be considered strong candidates to win the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.
Here is a look at five strong candidates to win the
JJ Watt used to look like the “before” picture in fitness infomercials, but he can look back with some humor now that he is in the “after” stage.
On Wednesday, Houston Texans defensive end came across an old picture of himself in high school looking as scrawny as a pencil and put his roasting cap on. Watt tweeted a plea for someone to introduce him to a bicep curl or a squat and joked that the jumbo shoulder pads weren’t fooling anyone.
For the love of pete, what in the world was happening in high school?
Could someone introduce me to a bicep curl please? A squat? Anything.
Those extra large shoulder pads aren’t fooling anyone. https://t.co/9rvc7pHXpR
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 1, 2020
The five-time Pro Bowler graduated from high school in 2007, seeing time at tight end and defensive end for the football team and playing center for the varsity basketball team as well. Interestingly enough, Watt was listed at 230 pounds in high school, compared to his current playing weight of 288 pounds.
When you consider some of the amazing feats Watt has pulled off in the gym since, it is pretty amazing to see how far the now 31-year-old star has come.
- J.J. Watt
Athletes continue to demonstrate their generosity as the coronavirus crisis deepens, and J.J. Watt is the latest.
Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and his wife, soccer player Kealia Ohai, have donated $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank to help those in need as the crisis deepens.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2020
Athletes have really stepped up in recent days to help those impacted by both the virus and the cancellations that have resulted from it. That’s been particularly prominent in the NBA, but Watt and Ohai are definitely making a huge contribution here. One million meals is a huge number, and we can only hope others continue to follow their lead.
JJ Watt is less than two months removed from suffering a torn pectoral muscle, but the Houston Texans star is ready to play football again.
The Texans designated Watt for return from the injured reserve list on Tuesday, and he will begin practicing immediately. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the plan is still for Watt to play in the postseason.
JJ Watt will practice and is expected to play in the playoffs.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 24, 2019
Texans don’t have to make a decision on Watt’s playing status until they believe he’s ready. He’ll have two weeks of practice.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 24, 2019
Watt’s season was believed to be over when he suffered a torn pec muscle in Week 8, but he has made an extremely fast recovery. He recently hinted in a funny tweet about his brother TJ that he expects to play again this year, and he is now on track to do that.
The Texans don’t have much to play for in Week 17, which gives them the luxury of being able to give Watt another two weeks to get up to speed. They would be locked into the No. 4 seed in the AFC if the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers at home on Sunday, and Houston will likely know the result of that game before their afternoon kickoff against the Tennessee Titans.