Report: Texans have had “very preliminary” contract talks with Deshaun Watson

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The Texans and left tackle Laremy Tunsil have come to agreement on a three-year contract extension, which means that the team can now turn its attention toward keeping quarterback Deshaun Watson in the fold for years to come.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the two sides have had “very preliminary” talks about a deal at this point. Werder adds that the team’s hope is to get a deal done before the start of the season.

Tunsil became the highest-paid tackle in the league and the presence of Patrick Mahomes may keep Watson from reaching that height at quarterback, but it promises to be another massive deal given the Texans’ explanation that they traded wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona to keep money on hand for Tunsil and Watson.

Watson is headed into his fourth season and the team has until May 4 to exercise their fifth-year option on his contract. That would buy more time to strike a deal if they can’t get one done this year, although any wait would allow room for Mahomes and other quarterbacks to push numbers at the position even higher.

10 responses to “Report: Texans have had “very preliminary” contract talks with Deshaun Watson

  1. Given how poorly the Texans are run, will Bill Obrien gutting the team, I would leave if I were Watson.
    Simply refuse to sign a contract extension. When franchise tagged, immediately sign. Stay the 2 years like Cousins, then leave.

    He won’t miss out on any money, a free agent of his ability will be highly sought after. And he can choose his own team, rather than being tethered to a team that has to rebuild.

  2. Watson’s number 1 demand should be a new coach that won’t be an egomaniac that self sabotages the team through trades.

  3. either o’brien will trade him for a 7th or sign him for 4 years 200 million. hard to say.

  4. Pump the brakes on that, I hear Aaron Rodgers might be available in a year or two!

  5. I’m a firm believer that you can’t pay anyone more than $20M/yr except your QB. Teams that do that usually don’t make the playoffs. You simply cannot use 1/4 of your cap space on two guys.

    I agree with those here. If I were Hopkins, I’d want out unless O’Brien is gone. He’s going to set this franchise back ten years because of what he’s done the last two off-seasons.

  6. Is there any reason for him to sign before Mahomes? BOB has shown that he will give you as much of the McNairs money as it takes to make you happy and is not afraid of setting the market price in a huge fashion. Might as well set your sights on $40 mill +/year. If BOB hasn’t been fired he will happily pay it.

  7. cueghost says:
    April 24, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    “Very preliminary”… Meaning they asked if he wants to talk and he said no.

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    exactly. they shoud
    have already presented the deal like kc with mahomes. you don’t wait because excercising the option just gives the player that more leverage as they’ve already outperformed the rookie deal as it is

    tredavious white in buffalo, same thing

    slam dunk longtime employees need to be paid ahead of schedule

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