Watson will receive $39 million per season with the Texans
By Jeff Kerr CBS Sports
The Houston Texans have reached a long-term contract with franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Watson agreed to a four-year extension worth an average annual base salary of $39 million a year, making him the second-highest paid quarterback in football, behind only Patrick Mahomes. Watson will receive a $27 million signing bonus and the total value of the four-year deal will be approximately $160 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The total contract is worth $177.54 million with nearly $111 million in guarantees, making Watson the second-highest paid player — in terms of total contract and guarantees — in NFL history behind Mahomes.
Watson’s rookie deal expires after the 2021 season, when the 2017 first-round pick will make $17.54 million playing under the fifth-year option. The Texans made sure their future is secure with Watson leading the franchise, as Houston has won back-to-back AFC South titles in both his full seasons as the starting quarterback.
Since Watson became the staring quarterback in Week 1 of his rookie season, the Texans have thrived. Watson is 24-13 as a starting quarterback as the Texans have compiled back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2018 and 2019 under his leadership; the 21-11 record Houston has managed over that span is the sixth-best record in the league. The Texans reached the divisional round of the playoffs in 2019 and held a 24-0 lead on the eventual champion Kansas City Chiefs but couldn’t put away Mahomes and Co.
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Watson has thrown for 9,716 yards for 71 touchdowns to just 29 interceptions for a 101.0 passer rating in his 38 career games (37 starts). The 101.0 rating is eighth-best in the league over the past three seasons, while his eight fourth-quarter comebacks and 10 game-winning drives are third-most in the NFL during that span. The Texans made sure they locked up one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL for a long time as Watson will be a pillar toward chasing their first Super Bowl title.
Watson’s new deal checks in ahead of Russell Wilson’s $35 million salary as the second-best in the league, and now the attention turns to Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who is playing the 2020 season on the franchise tag.