Watt restructures his contract

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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.

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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.

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