J.J. Watt has option exercised
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The Texans picked up J.J. Watt's fifth-year option, but that move should be just a formality along the way to giving their defensive star the extension he's earned, writes Tania Ganguli. Story
The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year has 36.5 sacks over his first three seasons.
Teams have until May 3 to make a decision on whether to exercise the fifth-year option, which is guaranteed for injury only until the final day of the 2014 league year. It becomes guaranteed at the start of the next league year.
For players drafted in the top 10, the value of the fifth-year option is equal to the transition tag for their position during this offseason.
For players drafted with picks 11-32, the value of the fifth-year option is equal to the average of the 25 highest-paid players at their positions, excluding the top three highest players.
The expectation is that many teams will eventually exercise this option. The Carolina Panthers have strongly suggested they will with quarterback Cam Newton, while the Detroit Lions already have said they will not with defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
Information from ESPN.com Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley and ESPN.com Cowboys reporter Todd Archer was used in this report.
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