With two years remaining on his deal, the Texans might not be in a rush. The ball is in Watt's court long-term, though: He's set to shatter the pay wall for 3-4 defensive ends after severely outplaying his first NFL contract.
"It's been great to see some of these (2011) guys get deals, because it shows that their teams appreciate what work they put in," Watt told Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports last week. "You work extremely hard in this league to do as well as you can and hopefully earn that respect and to earn that appreciation."
McNair has been coy about the team's plans for Watt, but former Texans defensive play-caller Wade Phillips believes no price is too high for the disruptive whirlwind with 36.5 sacks over just three campaigns.
Perfect players tend to get paid -- a lot.
"I know what I can do," Watt said in the Yahoo interview. "I can work as hard as I possibly can. And then I'll let the team decide what I'm worth. Then we'll see how it goes from there."
UPDATE: Watt isn't the only one after an extension, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The Texans have perhaps been motivated to strike a new deal with Watt following the extensions signed by fellow 2011 first-round picks Patrick Peterson and Tyron Smith, a source familiar with the Texans' situation informed Rapoport.