And if his stats weren’t enough negotiation points for the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Watt mentioned his fellow 2011 NFL Draft class.
"When you look around the league and you see a couple guys from the 2011 draft class get contracts, it’s just nice to see appreciation being shown," he told the Chronicle. "With the new (collective bargaining agreement), I think one of the goals was to make guys earn their pay. No more big paydays up front. … When a team gives a contract after the third year, they’re saying, ‘We think you’ve earned this.’ And so, I don’t know if (the Texans) feel that way or not. But I sure hope I’ve put in all the work and I’ve put in everything I can do to hopefully earn it."