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Deshaun Watson Contract

American quarterback Derrick Deshaun Watson was born in Gainesville, Georgia on September 14, 1995. He was among the top players at Clemson University and was drafted in the 12th pick of the first round during the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. 


Deshaun Watson


Watson has set multiple records in just a short time, becoming the first player in NFL history to pass for 400+ yards, throw 4+ TD passes, and rush for 50+ yards in a single game. (Week 8, 2017), First player in NFL history with multiple 5 passing touchdown games within his first 2 seasons: 2, First player in NFL history to have 4,000+ passing yards, 25+ passing touchdowns, 500+ rushing yards, and 5 rushing touchdowns in a single season, Fastest player in NFL history to have 6,500+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards (26 games), Fastest player in NFL history to have 50 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns (27 games).


Deshaun Watson Contract 


YearContract TermsSigning BonusAverage SalaryGTD at SignTotal GTD
2020 - 20264 yr(s) / $156,000,000$27,000,000$39,000,000$73,717,123$110,717,123
2017 - 20204 yr(s) / $13,854,281$8,215,841$3,463,570$13,854,281$13,854,281


Deshaun Watson Contract Breakdown


YearBase SalarySigning BonusRoster BonusCap HitDead CapYearly Cash
2020$1,177,123$7,453,961$1,177,123$9,808,207$75,771,084$29,354,246
2021$10,540,000$5,400,000-$15,940,000$67,140,000$39,894,246
2022$35,000,000$5,400,000-$40,400,000$51,200,000$74,894,246
2023$20,000,000$5,400,000$17,000,000$42,400,000$10,800,000$111,894,246


What are the terms of Deshaun Watson’s contract?


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Watson signed a 4-year $156 million contract extension with the Houston Texans and received a $27 million signing bonus, earning the quarterback $110,717,123 guaranteed. Deshaun was guaranteed $73.3 million at signing, which included his signing bonus salaries for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The contract guarantees 2023 salary and a roster bonus of $17 million in March 2022. He will also be charged $500,000 annually as a de-escalator for not attending 85% of workouts. The contract grants him $1 million in incentives for a Super Bowl in as well as half of the Super Bowl snaps. 


The contract does not include a trade agreement, however, there are talks of the Texans trading Watson to the Jets or Dolphins, but no news has been confirmed as of now. 


Deshaun Watson Contract History


YearContractSigning BonusAverage SalaryGTD at SignTotal GTD
2017 - 20214 yr(s) / $13,854,281$8,215,841$3,463,570$13,854,281$13,854,281


What was Deshaun Watson’s highest contract?


Watson’s 4-year extension with the Texans worth $156 million is the highest contract the quarterback has signed since being drafted. This contract makes him the second-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, after Patrick Mahomes. He is set to earn over $110 million guaranteed salary. 


How long is Deshaun Watson’s contract?


Watson is bound to the Texans for a period of 4 years as per the contract extension that is worth $156 million.


What is Deshaun Watson’s salary?


Deshaun Watson has an annual average salary of $39 million as per the terms of the 4-year contract extension he signed with the Texans in 2020.


What is Deshaun Watson’s Net Worth?


Deshaun Watson has a net worth of $24 million. As his rookie contract expires, he will earn over $110 million guaranteed through the terms of the 2020 4-year contract extension.


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