JJ Watt is widely considered to be the best defensive player in the entirety of the NFL. That is certainly saying something when you consider the enormous wealth of talent amongst the defensive players in the league.
Watt, who was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2011, is still playing under his rookie contract and has made it clear that he would like an extension. Considering the fact that his fellow 2011 draftees such as Andy Dalton, Patrick Peterson, and Richard Sherman were all granted extensions this offseason, Watt is more than deserving of one himself.
“It’s been great to see some of these  guys get deals, because it shows that their teams appreciate what work they put in,” Watt told Yahoo in a recent interview . “You work extremely hard in this league to do as well as you can and hopefully earn that respect and to earn that appreciation.”
Watt, who has won the NFL’s defensive player of the year and racked up 36.5 sacks in his three year career, wants the Texans to show him the same appreciation for his work.
“I hope that I’ve worked hard enough and hopefully I’ve put myself in a situation where I can be shown some of the same appreciation,” Watt continued. “Hopefully they feel I’ve outplayed my current contract, but the end of the day, we’re paid to play football. If I got paid a little more, I wouldn’t be terribly upset.”
If the Texans want to keep the best defensive player in the league happy, they better open up their wallets sooner rather than later.