Bill O’Brien: We’re going to work hard to get Deshaun Watson deal done

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The Texans signed linebacker Zach Cunningham to a four-year extension over the weekend to check off one of the two boxes on their contract to-do list.

The other box is the one next to quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s name. Watson is heading into his fourth season and poised to cash in with a deal that will push him to the top of the quarterback market.

Word has been that the team wants to get that deal done before the start of the regular season. We’re a little more than a week away from the Texans taking on the Chiefs and head coach/General Manager Bill O’Brien’s Monday update on where things stand was short on details.

“I think, look, obviously we feel good about where we’re at as a team,” O’Brien said, via a transcript of his videoconference. “We feel like we have a lot of, like I said earlier, we’ve got a lot of dependable, tough, smart guys and they get along well. They want to be here. Houston’s a great city. They want to live here and they want to represent this city. Like I’ve said all along, I don’t really want to get into specific contract talks but quite obviously we want Deshaun Watson to be here for a long time. He’s had a great training camp, he’s a great player and we’re going to work hard to get that done.”

While discussing the Cunningham extension, O’Brien said that he didn’t think “it necessarily had to be before the season” so next Thursday night may not represent a deadline for Watson’s talks either.

8 responses to “Bill O’Brien: We’re going to work hard to get Deshaun Watson deal done

  1. I don’t know how Texans fans feel about this guy, but I wouldn’t be happy at all if my coach was also the GM. Something has to give, either the coaching or the management. No one person has enough time to do both of those jobs specifically and do them the right way.

  2. If Watson is smart he’ll push the issue and get out while he can, any organization that ships off arguably the best WR in his prime for peanuts obviously has no clue what they’re doing and won’t get anywhere close to a championship.

  3. The defining moment for the Texans and Billy O’brien was the hiring of Jack easterby. Its quiet evident that signing was to help facilitate the colluding and singing of Nicky Caserio to be the Texans GM. That did not work out so well at all, and now O’Brien, who thinks he is Bill, trades his best offensive player outside of the QB position and top 3 receivers in the league, for a concussion prone WR, and a hurt RB.

    NOT INTELLIGENT. And yes, im a diehard pats fan, its just sad to see what Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips were building, demolished

  4. He will get paid by somebody, so no worries on that front. But there’s real danger his career is going to be wasted by O’Brien if he stays. Maybe he gets lucky and O’Brien gets canned in the near future but would an owner who made O’Brien the GM do considerably better the next time around?

  5. This should be easy for Houston. Remember the money that Dak wanted per year($35m)? Deshaun Watson is actually worth it and should get it without hesitation from Texans ownership. If for whatever reason they can’t get a deal done, the owner should fire O’Brien immediately.

  6. Given what Bill OBrien has done to the team, why would Watson want to play there long term?

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