The Houston Texans finalized a lucrative extension with Laremy Tunsil on Friday and Deshaun Watson could be next. Following Tunsil's extension, it's been reported that Houston has had ‘very preliminary' talks on an extension for the quarterback.
On Friday, ahead of the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Tunsil received a three-year, $66 million contract with the Texans. As a result of his new deal, Tunsil is now the highest-paid offensive tackle in the league.
With Tunsil taken care of, Houston can turn their attention to inking an extension for Watson. However, it remains to be seen if Watson is interested in signing an extension with the Texans any time soon.
Earlier this offseason, the Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in a head-scratching move. After seeing the team trade his All-Pro wideout, Watson could be in no rush to sign a new contract.
In his first three seasons in the NFL, Watson has proved that he's one of the up-and-coming quarterbacks in the NFL. Just in the past two seasons, the former No. 12 pick has combined for 8,017 passing yards, 52 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Additionally, he's also added 964 rushing yards and another 12 touchdowns on the ground in the last two seasons.
Following a Super Bowl victory this past season, Patrick Mahomes figures to get the biggest contract in NFL history in the near future. While he won't get the same deal as Mahomes, Watson could be waiting to see what someone like Dak Prescott commands on his next contract before solidifying his financial demands.
It goes without saying that the Texans would love to make sure that Watson is their quarterback for years to come. At the same time, it is unclear if Watson is interested in sticking with the team that drafted him in 2017.