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J.J. Watt’s deal looks a lot like Mario Williams

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 23: Defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans looks on during a preseason game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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The official numbers have arrived regarding the J.J. Watt contract. And they look a lot like the details of the deal signed in 2012 by a guy who played with Watt during his rookie year.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Watt’s deal contains the following payments: (1) $10 million signing bonus; (2) $907,385 fully-guaranteed base salary for 2014; (3) $9.969 million fully-guaranteed 2015 base salary; (4) $10 million 2015 roster bonus, fully guaranteed as of September 9; (5) $10 million 2016 base salary, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed as of the fifth day of the 2016 league year; (6) $12.5 million 2017 base salary, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed as of the fifth day of the 2016 league year; (7) $11 million non-guaranteed 2018 base salary; (8) $13 million non-guaranteed 2019 base salary; and (9) $15.5 million non-guaranteed 2020 base salary.

Starting in 2016, the contract contains an annual $500,000 de-escalator, which will be triggered if Watt fails to complete offseason workouts.

Based on the structure, Watt is likely to be on the team through at least 2017. After that, the Texans have a year-to-year option to move on. Based on whether and to what extent the team has paid rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney by then, the Texans eventually could decide to choose one or the other.

Until then, Watt’s deal looks a lot like Mario Williams’ contract with the Bills. But Williams was on the open market; Watt had two more years under contract, followed by a year or two of the franchise tag.