What a day Saturday was for Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson.



a baseball player holding a bat: Deshaun Watson, who agreed to a four-year, $156 million contract extension, will continue to be the center of attention for the team.


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Deshaun Watson, who agreed to a four-year, $156 million contract extension, will continue to be the center of attention for the team.


Five days before the Texans begin regular season at Kansas City, Watson signed a four-year, $156 million contract extension that averages $39 million a year and secures him through the 2025 season.

Watson is the second-highest paid player in NFL history behind Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who signed a $10-year extension worth $450 million. Watson and Mahomes face off Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Saturday night, Watson thought he was doing a Zoom conference call with the media to talk about his extension, but before he did, he was surprised by friends and family members who came on the call to congratulate and reminisce with him.

Congratulating Watson on the

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While the devil always does and always will reside in the details of NFL contracts, the early reports regarding the contract given by the Texans to quarterback Deshaun Watson suggest that his deal will compare favorably to the one signed by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Watson’s four-year extension (he’d wanted at one point a three-year extension) puts him under contract for six total years. Mahomes has a 12-year commitment to the Chiefs, with no obligation on the part of the team to tear up the contract at any time before it expires after the 2021 season.

Watson reportedly received a $27 million signing bonus. That’s $17 million more than the signing bonus paid by the Chiefs to Mahomes. Beyond signing bonus, other key factors to assess include guarantees for skill, injury, and cap at signing and cash flow through the first three seasons. There’s a very good chance that Watson’s

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