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Report: Texans' Watt among players whose options exercised

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TSN.ca Staff
4/18/2014 10:38:14 AM
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The Houston Texans made the inevitable official on Thursday, exercising the fifth-year option on defensive end J.J. Watt.

The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year has 36.5 sacks in his three years with the Texans.

According to a report from ESPN, Watt is one of five players to have their fifth-year option exercised by their team, joining San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget, Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Tyron Smith, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, and New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.

Teams have until May 3 to decide whether or not to pick up the fifth-year option on players, with the Carolina Panthers expected to do so with Cam Newton's contract.

One player that may not see his option picked up is San Francisco 49ers' linebacker Aldon Smith, who was arrested this week on charges of a false bomb threat at an airport, the latest of Smith's legal troubles.

The value of the fifth-year option is worth the same as a transition tag for the position for players drafted in the top 10 and worth the average of the 25 highest-paid players at the position for first-rounders outside of the top 10.

J.J. Watt (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

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