September 5th 2020 may be one of the greatest mornings of Deshaun Watson’s young life. At a mere 24 years of age he has secured himself a new contract, and made himself one of the highest paid Quarterbacks in the league, behind only Patrick Mahomes.
He has landed himself a 4 year, 160 million dollar contract providing himself and his team the security both can be thankful for. Watson will be making 39 million a year and nearly 73 million in guarantees.
With this contract now in place and 11.5 million under the cap the Texans can focus on surrounding Watson with talent so they can compete with the heavy hitters of the AFC. With high or expiring contracts on both sides of the ball they can now explore deals for David Johnson, Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller, Bradley Roby, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus among others.
The Texans have long struggled at the quarterback position and realized what a special talent they have in Watson. Watson has flashed throughout his young career and through just his first 3 seasons has thrown for 9,716 yards, 71 touchdowns and just 29 interceptions. He has also rushed 217 times for 1233 yards and 14 scores.
Considering his rookie season was cut short due to an ACL injury, his numbers and the Texans record speak for itself. But is he really worth nearly $40 million a year? In recent years we have seen deals for Carson Wentz, Kirk Cousins, and Jared Goff all clearing more than 30 million a year. With Watson’s unique skill set and potency in the passing and running game, he falls more into a Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson territory.
This is a buyer’s market and to the Texans credit they understood if they didn’t make this happen someone else would. Considering the youth and talent of this young athlete and the hump he has helped Houston move beyond in recent years… This writer says he is absolutely worth every penny.