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Texans restructure J.J. Watt’s deal for some salary cap room


The Texans just signed star defensive end J.J. Watt to a gigantic contract extension a year ago, and they’re already fiddling with it.

Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Watt has restructured his contract to create another $8 million in cap space this year.

The move simply parlayed a $10 million roster bonus into a signing bonus to prorate the hit over remaining years, likely the way they intended to do it the day he signed the deal.

While it clears current room, it tacks on an extra $2 million worth of cap charges in each year moving forward. As long as the cap keeps going up at its current rate, it shouldn’t be a problem. But teams have been bitten by kicking the can down the road before, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.