Despite J.J. Watt’s comments toward the Houston Texans about his contract situation on Tuesday, there’s reportedly been progress on talks to get him a new deal — and it’s reportedly coming from the team.’s Ian Rappaport:

Rapport later suggested negotiations may have begun shortly after fellow 2011 rookies Patrick Peterson and Tyron Smith signed big extensions with the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.

More important than when talks started is how long they have to get finished. The Texans open the regular season against Washington on Sept. 7, and the organization has a long-standing policy that it won’t negotiate with players once the season begins.

And according to CBA rules, since Watt showed up for training camp last month, he can’t force owner Bob McNair’s hand with a holdout until next league year.

Watt is set to earn $1.9 million this season, the last of his rookie deal, and $6.9 million in 2015 from his fifth-year player option.

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