Bill O’Brien – Texans ‘working hard’ on QB Deshaun Watson extension

HOUSTON – Texans coach and general manager Bill O’Brien said Friday that the team is “working hard” with reps for quarterback Deshaun Watson on a contract extension, and that “we want him here for a long time. weather”.

Watson, a first-round pick in 2017, was eligible for a contract extension for the first time this offseason. She made less than $ 3.8 million in 2019, which was just 4.88% of the Texans’ limit. He is slated to earn $ 4.4 million during the 2020 season.

“Deshaun is a great player, an even better person, and we want him here for a long time,” O’Brien said. “… I know we are working hard. We are not really going to talk about it in the media, but obviously we feel a lot about him and his future in this offensive, in this organization, and we want him here for a long time. “

The Texans began “very preliminary” talks with Watson and his agents about a new deal in April.

“Respectfully, we are not going to talk about contracts in the media, but obviously we have stated [that] We believe so much in Deshaun, “O’Brien said Friday.” We love Deshaun. We want him here for a long time, but we are not going to negotiate contracts or do something like that in the media. We will keep it between us and the representatives of Deshaun. He is here, he is excited and we are excited about the season. “

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was selected two picks before Watson in 2017, signed a 10-year extension earlier this month that could be worth up to $ 503 million, sources told ESPN.

During a recent interview with Michael Vick on Fox Sports, Watson said his situation is different from Mahomes’.

“My situation, and I don’t want to say anything too crazy, is different from yours,” Watson said. “Sign a 10-year deal, you know, I have to talk to my agent about it. Sit down and think, ‘What do I want in my career? Where do I want to be for a long period of time?’ I love Houston, I love the organization, I love the teammates and all the players, but all of that is always changing. “