The Houston Texans and star quarterback Deshaun Watson have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $160 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The deal keeps Watson in Houston through the 2025 season and reportedly pays the 24-year-old $111 million in guarantees.
Sources: The #Texans and franchise QB Deshaun Watson have agreed to terms on a huge new extension worth $160M over 4 new years. Houston locks up its QB through 2025 – and Watson gets paid… with a chance to get paid again soon.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2020
The Houston Chronicle‘s John McClain was first to report the agreement.
Watson’s yearly $39-million base salary makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL over the period of his contract and, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and the agreement is the second largest total contract in the league’s history behind only Patrick Mahomes’ historic 12-year deal, signed earlier this off-season.
Watson and Mahomes face off in the NFL season opener on Thursday.
In the three years since being drafted by the Texans 12th overall in 2017, Watson has emerged as one of the NFL’s best young signal-callers.
After a torn ACL put a devastating halt to a rookie-of-the-year-type campaign in his first season, Watson has thrown 26 touchdowns in each of his last two seasons and led the Texans to the playoffs in both 2018 and 2019.
An incredible fourth-quarter comeback in a January playoff game against the Buffalo Bills is Watson’s signature moment of his career thus far, leading his team back from a 16-0 deficit late in the third quarter to earn the franchise’s first post-season victory since 2016.