With Dak Prescott’s pending long-term extension soon to set the bar for quarterbacks, Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson says he is anxious to continue conversations that will keep him with the franchise that drafted him for the foreseeable future. The Texans exercised their fifth-year option on Watson‘s contract for 2021, a decision that will cost them $17.3 million.
In an interview with The Houston Chronicle, Watson said early discussions between his agent and Houston have been positive.
It’s definitely good, Watson told the newspaper. It’s exciting for all of us. Only time will tell, but we’re going to do everything we can to make sure it’s on the right track. We’re going to win a lot of games and championships while we continue to figure out that side of the business, too.
Watson says he is patiently waiting for his new deal. He’s one of two elite-level quarterbacks expected to see a sizable raise of up — perhaps exceeding — $40 million per season, joining reigning Super Bowl MVP Pat Mahomes, whose contract is also up for discussion.
That’s definitely something that is not under the rug, Watson said, according to Mark Berman of FOX 26. My main focus is just being the best teammate, best leader, best quarterback I can be and whenever that time comes with my agent and the organization, the timing is going to be right. For me right now, the focus is on being the best teammate, getting the new guys on the same page with me as the quarterback of this offense and making sure I’m staying healthy and ready to go whenever they call me, call us in to go play.
In addition to ensuring Watson is paid what he’s worth, the Texans are also working to fix an offensive line that has yielded 106 sacks the past two seasons during his starts. Watson threw for 3,852 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, helping Houston to the postseason for the second straight year.