The Houston Texans have made efforts to free up as much cap space as they can this offseason. As a result, it appears defensive end J.J. Watt has taken this into account when pondering his future with the team.
Watt currently has two years and $33 million left on his current contract. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, he does not feel it is the right time to kickstart negotiations for an extension:
“No, I don't think that's necessary. I'm not going to sit here and demand anything. If I asked for an extension or money right now, I think that would be the wrong move”
Watt's comments are certainly understandable considering the Texans have seemingly taken action to secure more cap space this offseason. This was evident by their decision to trade wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals after head coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged that he would be seeking out a lucrative payday.
Although Watt does not feel a new deal is currently in the cards, it may very well be in Houston's best interest to get it done now if they hope to keep him as part of their future plans. The veteran is currently carrying cap hits worth $15.5 million in 2020 and $17.5 million in 2021. Signing him to an extension now could provide them with some short-term relief since there would be no new money during this time compared to his previous deal.
Of course, it remains to be seen just how invested the Texans are in keeping him around for his entire career. While fans would love nothing more than to see a player of his caliber stick around, O'Brien's track record indicates that nothing is set in stone.