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Why latest Deshaun Watson contract rumors make a lot of sense

Why latest Deshaun Watson contract rumors make a lot of sense
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Deshaun Watson is eligible for a new contract, and the Texans reportedly want to get it done. He has two more years on his current deal, but the team would like to avoid a longterm battle, use of the franchise tag and duplicating the awkward situation that the Dallas Cowboys have with Dak Prescott.

The latest news says Watson would like a three-year extension, which would put him under contract through 2024. If need be, the franchise tag could be used in 2025 and even 2026, but more likely Watson would get another deal at that point.

While it would still make a lot of sense for the Texans to hold off for a season and make sure the salary cap is not going to be negatively impacted in a severe way by the Rona, a shorter deal does make sense for both sides.

Watson has been good for the Texans, but he has yet to become elite. He has shown flashes, and it might happen this year. If it does, he would be in line to make more money by gambling on himself. But if the Texans are going to have to pay him like an elite QB anyway; why not wait until he is actually that?

But the three-year extension could be a good compromise. If Watson never develops beyond what he is (legitimately possible with this coaching staff), they will not be locked in to a longterm, onerous deal that they might not be able to get out of. If he does take another step, the Texans will get value for their investment.

Watson is going to get paid one way or another. Adding three years - presumably with an easy team exit in year five if needed - gives the parties four seasons to make sure this marriage works.

A new deal would likely mean more money in the existing years of his deal, where he is scheduled to make $4.408 million in 2020 and $17.540 in 2021. Basically it would mirror Laremy Tunsil's extension, with more money in years one and two and bigger cap hits on the back end in the added years of the deal.

So when it is announced the deal will average a certain amount per year, it will include money tacked on, so like Tunsil's deal, there will never be a single season where he makes $22 million even though that is his average for each year.

Watson will likely fall in the $35 million per year range, but the cap hits in later seasons will be less than that.

Regardless, extending for just three years gets Watson his money, protects the Texans in case the investment doesn't pay off, and solidifies the position for the next 5-7 years if it does.

It makes sense for everyone involved.

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Rookie Kyren Paris hit a two-run shot for his first major league home run and Tyler Anderson pitched eight strong innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

The Angels took two of three games from the Astros to give them three straight road series wins in a single season for the first time since 2019.

Anderson (5-4) allowed six hits and one run in his third consecutive win, which came in his longest start of the season. Luis García struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Mickey Moniak walked with one out in the fifth inning before Paris launched an off-speed pitch from Hunter Brown (1-5) off the wall in left-center field to make it 2-0.

Jake Meyers opened the bottom of the inning with a walk before scoring on Mauricio Dubón’s double to the corner of left field to cut the lead to 1. But Dubón was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

Meyers and Dubón hit consecutive singles with two outs in the seventh and Meyers advanced to third on the play after an error by left fielder Taylor Ward. Anderson escaped the jam when Victor Caratini grounded into a force out to end the inning.

Brown gave up two hits and two runs while walking three in six innings.

Paris walked with one out in the third and advanced to third on a single by Nolan Schanuel. Luis Rengifo hit a grounder to Jose Altuve and his throw home was just in time for Caratini to tag a sliding Paris at the plate.

The Angels challenged the call, but it was upheld.

Houston’s Jeremy Peñahit a ball that bounced off the wall in left field with two outs in the fourth that initially was called a homer. But umpires reviewed the call, and it was changed to a double.

Los Angeles shortstop Zach Neto left the game with two outs in the sixth inning with right elbow soreness. Luis Guillorme entered the game to play second base and Paris moved from second to shortstop to replace Neto.

ABREU’S NEXT STEP

Struggling first baseman José Abreu is scheduled to play two games for Triple-A Sugar Land this weekend before returning to the Astros. The move comes less than a month after the 2020 AL MVP agreed to be optioned to the minors to work on his swing.

Abreu batted .099 with just one extra-base hit and three RBIs in 22 games this season before his demotion.

Manager Joe Espada said the Astros want Abreu to play a full nine innings in the games this weekend to prepare for his return to the majors.

UP NEXT

Angels: Los Angeles is off Thursday before hosting Cleveland in the opener of a three-game series Friday night, when LHP Patrick Sandoval (2-6, 4.59 ERA) opposes LHP Logan Allen (5-2, 4.91).

Astros: Houston is also off Thursday before opening a series at Oakland on Friday night with Justin Verlander (2-2, 3.97) on the mound. The Athletics haven’t named their starter.

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