6-years and $100 million later, the Houston Texans wrapped up their star, and arguably the best defensive end in the game. Ndamukong Suh was already asking for top dollar after his contract expires, 5 days after this coming Super Bowl, and Watt’s new deal, isn’t helping the Lions situation one bit. Watt’s new contract includes $51.8 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. And at a reported $16.6 million per season, it makes him the highest-paid defensive player in football, surpassing Derelle Revis and Mario Williams both of whom come in at $16 million per.
The Detroit Lions took a serious gamble on not getting a long term deal with Suh done in the offseason. Originally they thought the initial price that Suh was asking was too high; now with the new JJ Watt deal, that number will most likely increase. Suh also has the threat of just leaving to test the free agency waters which we can assume will be extremely generous to him; and will ultimately end up taking place. Suh’s numbers may have dipped a little bit over the last two seasons, but he demands a double team almost every snap, that in turn opens up the gaps around him and still has roped up 13.5 sacks.
Interesting note here, JJ Watt is represented CAA, who also now represents Ndamukong Suh, after he dumped Relativity Sports earlier this year. In July when the Lions decided to table contract discussions, they were still optimistic about getting a long term deal done. I wonder if they are still feeling that way right now?