When you have a phenomenal player leading your franchise, you have to protect them. Protect them financially, physically and literally in some cases. Roughly two months ago, Kansas City did just that with Patrick Mahomes.

Today, it appears Houston has structured a major deal with Deshaun Watson according to multiple reports. The deal is $160 million, four-year extension.

The deal calls for Watson to make $39 million in base salary annually, which would make him the highest-paid player in the NFL over that time frame. Per allclemson.com, it contains $111 million in guarantees, which gives Watson the second-richest contract in NFL history behind Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who signed a 10-year, $503 million extension back in July. 

I’m happy for Watson but don’t love the situation he’s in at Houston. I still haven’t made sense of getting rid DeAndre Hopkins for RB David Johnson, 2020 second-round pick, 2021 fourth-round pick. I don’t want to be dramatic but that really sounds like one of the worst trade deals of all time. But for Houston, I’m not even surprised.

Hopefully this all works out for Watson but can’t understand how Houston continues to let elite talent head elsewhere. Only time will tell, but the clock is always ticking on quarterbacks.