Here's What T.J. Watt's Contract Extension Will Look Like

David Kaestle
T.J Watt during a game against the Baltimore Ravens.
T.J Watt during a game against the Baltimore Ravens. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
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It has been a good couple of weeks for top-tier defensive ends in the NFL. First, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett received his record-breaking contract ($125 million over five years) to make him the highest paid defensive player ever.

Then just days later, the Los Angeles Chargers' Joey Bosa was rewarded with an even bigger contract, setting a new record at $135 million.

While this is fantastic news for both of these players, it could signal even better news for the game's other top defensive ends who are expecting new contracts soon. One of the biggest names to watch is the Pittsburgh Steelers' T.J. Watt.

While you may not think of him as the household name that Garrett and Bosa are quite yet, when you take a look at the numbers, Watt has had a better start to his career than both of those guys.

Comparing those numbers side by side gives you an idea of just how good Watt has been at getting to the quarterback thus far. Sure, the Steelers have never been the type of franchise to just hand out massive contracts, but maybe they make an exception for Watt? If they don't, another team surely will.

If you're Watt's agent, the negotiations starting point is certainly at least what Bosa got, probably more, especially if he puts together another great season in 2020.

It wouldn't be crazy to think that based off these two contracts and Watt's production, we could see a five-year deal approaching the $145-$150 million range. Defensive ends have turned into the quarterbacks of the defense when it comes to contracts. The next man up gets the new biggest contract, and it doesn't feel like what will be the one to bust that trend.


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