The Texans center will be sticking around a little while longer

Texans sign Martin to baffling extension

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The Houston Texans and center Nick Martin agreed to a contract extension.


The signing of Martin at this number is baffling. The average annual salary ties him for third among center with five-time All-Pro Maurkice Pouncey. It is roughly a top-ten figure when it comes to guaranteed money at the center position.

He was drafted as a replacement for incumbent starter Ben Jones who left in free agency to the Tennessee Titans. Jones, since his departure, has been a mainstay for the Titans and even earned a contract extension with Tennessee.

Martin meanwhile has regularly been below average. He graded out as the 17th best center according to Pro Football Focus in 2018 among players who played half the snaps or more. Last year the Jones, both of the Colts centers, and Jacksonville center Brandon Linder all graded out higher than Martin.

He was the 5th best center according to grading in a four team division.

The Texans are taking a huge risk committing to Martin for this length of time when huge money will be due to Laremy Tunsil and Deshaun Watson in the near future.

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Deshaun Watson will make his Cleveland Browns debut this Sunday against his former team at NRG Stadium. Watson has completed his suspension from the NFL for alleged sexual misconduct with dozens of massage therapists, and this Sunday will be the first game he has played in 700 days.

The Browns sit at 4-7 hoping Watson will be the spark the team needs to stack some wins and get into the Wild Card race. The Texans are still searching for their second win of the season, and many believe the team will be hiring another head coach come January.

With this in mind, who has the worst reputation? The Texans or Deshaun Watson?

It seems like an easy answer with Watson's legal troubles, but upon further review, the answer has to be the Texans. The Texans have hired two consecutive coaches that no other NFL team even interviewed. It seems like no quality candidates have any interest in coaching the Texans. Watson, however, had teams lining up for his services when the Texans decided to trade him.

Be sure to check out the video above as we dive into this topic and make a convincing case, as crazy as it sounds, that Watson is perceived to have a better reputation.

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