Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has restructured his contract to free up $8 million in cap space.
According to Yates, Watt agreed to receive $10 million as a signing bonus instead of a roster bonus.
The 26-year-old signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension before last season.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters on Tuesday that he "counted 120 plays that J.J. had a tackle for loss, a hit on the quarterback, a deflection, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception."
"I told Bob McNair whatever you’re paying him, he’s worth every penny," O’Brien said.
Watt finished second in MVP voting last season and was named Defensive Player of the Year. He recorded 20.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception on defense, while adding three receiving touchdowns.
Houston finished No. 7 in scoring defense and No. 16 in yards allowed last season. The Texans finished 9-7, but missed the playoffs.
- Paul Palladino