Watt restructures his contract
HOUSTON, TX (TheSpread) – J.J. Watt is living up to his lofty contract with the Houston Texans on the field, but now he is trying to help the team in other ways.
The 2014 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has elected to restructure his contract, which has opened up $8 million in salary-cap room for the Texans. Watt did so by, according to ESPN, turning a $10 million roster bonus he was due into a signing bonus, which opened up the cap space for the Texans to pursue free agents.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Texans are currently listed with 50/1 odds to win Super Bowl 50 next season. Oddsmakers have Seattle as the favorite with 6/1 odds while Green Bay and Seattle each have 7/1 odds.
Watt is coming off a season where he had 20.5 sacks with 78 tackles. He signed a record-setting deal coming into 2014, but followed that up with his best season yet. Watt now has 57 sacks over his four-year career to go along with 11 fumble recoveries. Houston is coming off a 9-7 season under first-year coach Bill O’Brien. The Texans missed the playoffs by one game.