The Texas A&M graduate and Seattle Seahawks’ Defensive Lineman, Michael Bennett recently had a talk with Houston’s sports station.
Bennett hit on the topic about J.J. Watt no longer being the top paying defensive lineman in the league.
You can see what Bennett is saying considering what J.J. brings to each and every game…. 100% or injured.
Before the 2015 season started, J.J. signed a contract that was worth $100 million with $51.8 million guaranteed at 16.667 million per year.
Since that contract signing, J.J. has been knocked off of that top spot and was replaced with NY Giants’ Oliver Vernon who signed for an average annual salary of $17 million.
Vernon’s contract is a year shorter then J.J.’s but he comes out with a wee-bit more in guaranteed money.
The others who helped knock J.J. from that spot are, Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston and The Buffalo Bills’ Marcell Dareus.
Houston gets 5$2.5 million guaranteed money and Darus gets $60 million guaranteed.
Here’s what Bennett had to say about all of these salaries, “There are guys getting paid more than J.J. Watt and that does not make any sense. There should not be a defensive lineman making more money than him; the statistics he’s put up. When I see guys they don’t even have three or four sacks getting $100 million and I’m like ‘what is going on?”‘
Here are the stats for these three players from last season:
Dareus had two sacks in 2015, but he had 10 in 2014. Houston had 7.5 in 2015 after 22 in 2014. Vernon had 6.5 in 2014 and 7.5 in 2015. By comparison, Watt had 17.5 in 2015 and 20.5 in 2014.
When asked if he considered J.J. as a discount, Texans’ owner, Bob McNair said no. McNair also said that when his contract was signed, J.J. was the top paid Defensive end in the league. He also said that J.J. had said that he would out play his contract and according to McNair, J.J. has done just that.
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