Deshaun Watson could be getting a new contract soon. Just don't expect the one fellow fourth-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed in July to be a proxy.
The Houston Texans are working hard with Watson on an extension, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources. While parameters of the deal are still being determined, Rapoport was told it's likely to be more in line with ones belonging to Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. The two NFC stars earn about $35 million per season after signing four-year extensions worth roughly $140 million.
Mahomes, of course, inked a 10-year deal this summer that included $450 million in new money. The 24-year-old Watson is due for a raise either way.
After a sensational start to his rookie year was cut short by injury, the 2017 first-rounder led the Texans to consecutive playoff appearances while making back-to-back Pro Bowls. Houston exercised Watson's fifth-year option in the offseason, but that was a mere formality for one of the league's young superstars.
In fact, so is an extension. The only question is on what exact terms. We might find out shortly.