DENVER (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans are in Denver practicing with the Broncos before their game on Saturday. J.J. Watt was working on a blocking sled on Tuesday when his frustrations over his contract seemed to come out of the usually reserved defensive lineman.
While in the middle of hitting the blocking sled the sled seems to malfunction. A member of the media tells Watt that if he breaks it he buys it. Watt responded with an off the cuff remark not normally seen from the star.
“I don’t got that kind of money man,” Watt said. “Commercials only pay so much (inaudible).”
The comment comes off the back of Watt telling Yahoo that he is looking for some appreciation like other members of the 2011 draft class have received in new contracts this offseason.
After practice Watt talked a little more about his contracts.
“It’s just nice to see the appreciation being shown,” Watt said about other players getting contracts after three years. “I think when a team gives a contract after a third year I think they are saying, ‘listen we think you’ve earned this.'”
Watt is entering his 4th year with the Texans. He has recorded 36.5 sacks in those three years included 20.5 in 2012 when he won defensive player of the year. The sooner the better for a new contract would be Watt’s preference.
“I think that would be great,” Watt said of getting a new contract before the season starts. “It does me no good to sit here and worry about it every single day. There’s people that get paid to worry about that.”
“I come out here and play football to the best of my ability. I try to play with my teammates as well as I possibly can. Help out the young guys and do everything I can to be the best Houston Texan possible. Then I let (the contract) take care of it self. No matter what I will always try to put on the best face for the is organization and I will always try to be the best ambassador I could be for the Houston Texans.”
J.J. doesn’t want a hold out situation to occur with the Texans and a possible new contract. He doesn’t want to miss the time with his teammates.
“I want to practice. I want to be out here with these young guys. I want to teach them the things that I know. I want to better my self,” Watt said. “I want to be a Houston Texan. I want to play football. I want to be the best I can be. I can’t do that sitting on the couch.”
If a contract gets agreed upon by Watt and the Texans the two time Pro-Bowler says he’d loves Houston and wants to be here as long as possible.
“I love the fans that we have. I love the relationship that we have. The city is so great. The way they have treated myself and my family I couldn’t ask for a better place to play. So, I sure as heck hope that we can make something happen.
“I hope that I’ve given the effort and everything they could want to show that appreciation.”
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