JJ Watt jokes about not retiring from the NFL after Nick Bosa signed a whopping ‘five-year, $170 million extension’ to stay with the 49ers
- JJ Watt hung up his cleats last year after a stellar 12-year career in the NFL
- But Nick Bosa has already eclipsed his career gains with his new contract
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JJ Watt joked Wednesday that a return to the NFL could be on the cards after seeing the contract details of Nick Bosa’s latest extension.
Bosa, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, has signed a new five-year, $170 million contract with the 49ers, making the 25-year-old the highest-paid defensive player of all time in the sport.
And while Watt, who retired after last season, has been handsomely paid during his formidable 12-year career, he himself has been blown away by the numbers on offer at Bosa.
“Just getting to sit back and watch Bosa’s (very well deserved) new contract break,” Watt wrote on Twitter.
“I still have a bit of research to do, but I’m starting to feel comfortable saying that I would consider not retiring if offered a similar contract.” Maybe.
JJ Watt and Nick Bosa shake hands after Cardinals loss to 49ers last season
The three-time Defensive Player of the Year then added: “Not enough people get the joke here and that’s concerning…”
Bosa, according to ESPN, is guaranteed to earn $122.5 million during the deal and will once again be tasked with leading the 49ers’ fearsome defense.
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had 18.5 sacks last year and 19 tackles for losses.
Watt, meanwhile, played for the Texans and briefly for the Cardinals, and is 24th on the all-time sack list despite several seasons cut short due to injury.
Watt has kept busy during his retirement with him and his wife Kealia investing in Burnley
The 34-year-old has earned $129.7 million during his career, according to Spotrac, but he’s also kept busy during his retirement.
The former defender and his wife, Kealia, invested in Burnley last May ahead of the club’s return to the Premier League.
The pair were seen at Turf Moor last month for Burnley’s season opener against Manchester City.
Watt also announced in June that he was joining CBS’ NFL coverage for this season.