Deshaun Watson and his new contract extension with the Houston Texans may not lead to future success.
Ian Rapoport reported Saturday Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans agreed on a four-year, $160 million contract extension. Watsons’ new contract includes $111 million in guarantees and keeps him under contract through the 2025 season. His contract is the second biggest in NFL history behind Patrick Mahomes’ contract back in the summer. The move was expected to happen as the two sides wanted to get the deal done before the season started.
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In three seasons as the starting quarterback for the Texans, Watson has thrown for 9,716 yards with 71 touchdowns to just 29 interceptions. He’s also been able to run for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns. Watson has added two consecutive Pro Bowls to his resume in 2018 and 2019. Houston has made the playoffs two seasons in a row winning only one game in three games.
The Impact of Deshaun Watson and the Texans Contract
Watson proved early in his career that he is the franchise quarterback Houston has been waiting for since they came into existence. From David Carr to Matt Schaub, Houston finally found the right guy. Watson’s ability to throw the football and using his mobility always makes him a threat on the field. He’s already considered one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.
This should set up Houston to play well in the future. Having Watson as the key piece to the offense and J.J. Watt a key piece to the defense, the Texans are in a good position for the future. They already have good weapons around them on offense with Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks. Defensively, they have Zach Cunningham and Whitney Mercilus.
Houston should be contenders every season for the AFC South as long as Watson stays healthy. While the team is overall a good team, does this necessarily mean they will compete for Super Bowls?
Why Watson’s Contract Doesn’t Lead to Titles
Houston on paper has the talent to be a winning team, but questionable moves have never had time true contenders. In the past year, the team has traded away Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins who are considered great players. Losing those two were step backs for the franchise despite still winning.
As long as Watson is available, Houston should win plenty of games. Winning games is not a problem for Houston. It’s winning games when it matters the most in the playoffs that is the problem. The Texans don’t have the same type of talent that other contenders like Baltimore and Kansas City have. It takes more than a quarterback to carry a franchise.
This will be Watson’s biggest season of his career as he doesn’t have Hopkins to throw it to. He will have to carry the team to success. While he has the traits of being an elite quarterback, this season will show what he has. With big money comes big pressure which fans will find out if Watson can handle it.