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Texans' salary-cap allocation: Defensive line

The Houston Texans gave J.J. Watt a $100 million contract before the season began, but their cap spending when it came to the defensive line was frugal. Here's a rundown, with help from ESPN Stats & Info.

Texans' Adjusted Cap Value: $133,467,230

Cap Value: $110,222,071

Dead Money / Other: $21,865,072

Cap Space: $1,380,087

Defensive End: $6,620,615 vs cap, 14.61 percent of defensive cap, 6.01 percent of overall cap

J.J. Watt: $4,580,992 vs. cap, 10.11 percent of defensive cap, 4.16 percent of overall cap

Tim Jamison: $845,425 vs. cap, 1.87 percent of defensive cap, .77 percent of overall cap

Jared Crick: $667,875 vs. cap, 1.47 percent of defensive cap, .61 percent of overall cap

Jeoffrey Pagan: $452,205 vs. cap, 1 percent of defensive cap, .41 percent of overall cap

Keith Browner: $74,118 vs. cap, .16 percent of defensive cap, .07 percent of overall cap

Defensive tackle: $1,581,872 vs cap, 3.49 percent of defensive cap, 1.44 percent of overall cap

Jerrell Powe: $645,000 vs. cap, 1.42 percent of defensive cap, .59 percent of overall cap

Ryan Pickett: $469,412 vs. cap, 1.04 percent of defensive cap, .43 percent of overall cap

Louis Nix: $467,460 vs. cap, 1.03 percent of defensive cap, .42 percent of overall cap

This will change over the life of his contract, but Watt accounts for 4.16 percent of the Texans' overall cap, ranking third among defensive players. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph accounts for 10.21 percent and linebacker Brian Cushing accounts for 5.14 percent. The Texans' thrift in filling their holes defensively really shows with their nose tackles. In fact, overall, Watt is the only defensive lineman on the Texans' roster whose salary exceeds the league average at his position.