Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson
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The Kansas City Chiefs made Patrick Mahomes the richest player in NFL history on Monday. While Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson might not match Mahomes’ contract, he’s reportedly going to land a staggering deal of his own.

Deshaun Watson contract update

The Houston Texans started discussing a contract extension with Deshaun Watson in April, then picked up his fifth-year option. While an extension isn’t imminent, per The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, Watson’s eventual contract will still be staggering.

Whenever Watson signs his contract, the deal is expected to land him between $40-42 million per season. Better yet for the star quarterback, he is reportedly going to land a short-term extension that would allow him to become a free agent before his age-30 season.

Before Mahomes signed his record-breaking extension, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was the NFL’s highest-paid player at $35 million annually. Once Watson signs his contract, he would easily blow past Wilson’s mark.

Watson has proven to be one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. In 2019, he carried the Texans to the playoffs and threw for 3,852 yards, rushed for 413 yards and compiled 34 total touchdowns.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick