Originally Posted by a55a5in11
That's how good teams stay good. You don't tie all your money up on one player on your dline and therefor have bums on the rest of the line. And fwiw Avril and Bennett were on the list and neither are on their rookie deal or drafted by Seattle
fwiw which isn't much, Bennett was drafted by Seattle haha
Anyone have any idea on this passage?
Watt’s contract is structured such that the Texans will take a $21.969 million salary cap charge in 2015. While that number sounds absurd and it is certainly not going to help the Texans win a championship in 2015, it is a charge they absolutely must take for the long-term financial health of the team.
Because the Texans are overhauling their roster they have the ability to take a massive salary cap charge like that in the 2015 season. If they opt to take that charge, then the largest cap hit that Watt will have over the following four seasons is $13 million. That is a bargain basement price for a player of Watt’s caliber, especially with the rising salary cap. Having Watt at that cost will allow the Texans to extend Clowney and a quarterback of the future. It will allow them to proactively attack positions of need in free agency. It also gives them flexibility with Watt in the event his skills surprisingly decline or his career is set back by injury.
But if they fail to do so and decide to convert large portions of his salary in 2015 to prorated bonus money, they will lose all of that flexibility. This is a must for Houston. This flexibility and lower back end salary cap charges are why they signed him now and will pay him so much money over the next four seasons.
The team cannot throw that all away next year for a quick fix of the franchise or some other reason. Doing that will give the Texans essentially no benefit to signing the contract when they did. Houston will gain a competitive advantage by simply locking this contract up today and throwing away the key so they remove the temptations from touching it next season.