Deshaun Watson Signs Four-Year, $160 Million Extension With Huge Guaranteed Money

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Deshaun Watson has signed a new four-year contract extension with the Houston Texans “worth a total of $177.54 million with nearly $111M in guarantees,” Adam Schefter’s reporting. The contract makes Watson the highest-paid player over that four-year period — for now.

“As a child growing up in Georgia, it was always my dream to play in the NFL,” Deshaun Watson said in a release addressing his new contract. “Today, I couldn’t be more honored and humbled to sign a long-term deal in Houston, the city that I’ve grown to love so much and now call my home.”

“I’m so grateful to my mom, who is and has always been my rock and showed me anything is possible. She instilled in me at an early age that no matter the circumstances and obstacles you must endure and keep going. Thank you to my brothers and sisters who have seen the worst times and the best times with me and never lost hope. My entire family, coaches, friends and mentors who have supported me along the way – I wouldn’t be here without you.

“Last, but certainly not least, thank you to the best fans in the NFL. I promise to do everything  I can to not only bring a championship to this great city but also leave a legacy of helping positively impact this community.”

Watson and the Texans open the NFL season Thursday night against Patrick Mahomes and his half-billion-dollar contract.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. I saw deshaun in person playing the Bucs last year here in Tampa. He is not a $160 million dollar QB. No way.

    I think I figured the new SJW salary cap. It’s a little bit of math:

    Take the annual salary cap for a single year, they divide by 80% of that one year cap, go to the bank 🏦, fill a suitcase full of Money 💰 and throw it out the window lol 😆

    Salary cap will go down in coming years and NFL teams will not be able to pay anyone. So the Cap will be discarded in favor of the Yankees model.

    True story.

    • I hear you, but the stats would suggest he’s a top 10 QB, the last two seasons he’s averaged around 68% completion, and tossed 52 TD’s to only 21 picks. He’s also run for 12 TD’s in that span. I know a lot of Pats fans were hoping he was heading their way. It will be very interesting to see what kind of passing year Watson has without DeAndre Hopkins.

      • Yes Robert. Will be very interesting to see how he does without DeAndre. I believe he will do very well, but if he doesn’t I would agree that O’Brien needs to go. O’Brien has too much power to not win. Just my opinion

  2. I’m fine with everything except for Deshaun calling the Texans fans the best in the NFL. This is like getting a trophy or mug from your kids as the #1 Dad. You better fucking be #1 Dad or Mom has some explaining to do. You shouldn’t get an award for being the default.

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