Houston Texans covering their bases early with Deshaun Watson’s contract

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (Photo by Kevork S. Djansezian/Getty Images)
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (Photo by Kevork S. Djansezian/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans made a move today that covers their bases with an impending multi-year deal that will hopefully come together this offseason. What’s up?

The Houston Texans have completed their NFL Draft and they’re working on signing their draft picks as well as the undrafted free agents that they were able to scoop up after the big festivities were over this past Saturday.

They were able to bring in some help for this roster to complement the multitude of veterans that will get the lion’s share of the playing time within the 2020 season.  This will be a learning experience for them and hopefully, we’ll get to see some of them participate in training camp.  That’s a big IF because the season may commence without a training camp and they’ll get right into it.

But this NFL Draft class includes Ross Blacklock, Jonathan Greenard, Charlie Heck, John Reid and Isaiah Coulter who are expected to contribute to his team in some way.  You have talented, extremely-gifted and bright athletes coming in with a few dents and dings but I think each of them will find a way to carve a niche out for themselves with this team.  We’ll have to see about that though.

But anyway, as the offseason saga continues, it’s time to get long-term deals netted for key guys.

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Laremy Tunsil was able to lock up his deal late last week which works out to a three-year, $66 million extension, ensuring that he’s the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL by $4 million per season over the next three seasons.

Next up?  Deshaun Watson — the Houston Texans are eager to get his contract extended and they’ve already executed a formality just in case the talks take longer than expected.

The Chron’s Aaron Wilson reported this tidbit earlier today.

It’s doubtful that the Houston Texans will have to pay that amount for his fifth-year but they have that in their back pocket just in case.  His deal is likely going to be massive and I’m sure it’s going to be $40M+ per season with $35 million per season being the floor.  I think Watson would scoff if that’s where the negotiations started.

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Of course, it’ll be interesting to see how this goes but at least they don’t have to worry about paying him an exorbitant amount this season with the final year of his rookie deal being worth $4.4 million.

And we’re off the races — HERE. WE. GO.

Good luck Deshaun!