J.J. Watt Wants to ‘Prove His Worth’ Before a Contract Extension

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(SportsRadio 610) -- J.J. Watt has two years left on his six-year, $100 million contract. 

Given how much money has been dished out since head coach Bill O'Brien became the general manager (extensions for center Nick Martin, outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn and left tackle Laremy Tunsil), it would make sense to address the contract of the franchise's most valuable player in its 18-year history.

After all, Martin's three-year, $33 million put his average salary as second highest average per year in the NFL among centers. 

The $54 million contract for Mercilus made the longtime Texan the16th-highest paid edge rusher in the league. 

Tunsil set a record for tackles with a three-year, $66 million extension, which he negotiated without an agent.

Watt is due nonguaranteed base salaries of $15.5 million in 2020 and $17.5 million in 2021. He is due to become an unrestricted free agent in 2022.

When asked about a potential contract extension this offseason, Watt said he doesn't think it's necessary, rather he wants to prove his worth after missing so much time since the 2016 season.

Watt underwent back two surgeries for a herniated disc in 2016, which limited him to just three games. 

In 2017, Watt's left leg was broken during a Week 5 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. He was done for the season.

After starting all 16 games in 2018, Watt again suffered a season-ending injury with a torn pectoral muscle in Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders. 

"I think that I fully understand and respect the situation that I’m in at the moment and what’s happened in the past few years," Watt said. "So I’m not going to sit here and demand anything. I’m going out there to prove what I’m worth. And I believe that’s the right situation for everybody. I think if I went back and asked for an extension, more money, anything right now, I think that would be the wrong move.

"I’m just going out there and trying to prove my worth, help this team win games, and doing everything I can to earn and make sure that these people know that I’m worth it."

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