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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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Houston gets the best of the Dodgers

Astros behind McCullers Jr. get shutout win in hostile Dodger Stadium

Yordan Alvarez added some big insurance runs against the Dodgers on Tuesday night. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Having dropped two of three in San Francisco against the league record-leading Giants over the weekend, the Astros exited an off day on Monday and entered a hostile environment at Dodger Stadium in the first of a two-game series on Tuesday night. With some timely hits and an excellent start from their starter, Houston would grab the win.

Final Score: Astros 3, Dodgers 0

Astros' Record: 65-42, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (9-2)

Losing Pitcher: Walker Buehler (11-2)

Houston scores first as McCullers Jr. out-duels Buehler

After nearly turning the game's very first pitch around for a home run but instead going foul, Jose Altuve still started the game with a single in the top of the first. A double play would erase him, though, as the game remained scoreless into the top of the third. Martin Maldonado led that inning off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch by Walker Buehler, then scored on an RBI double by Michael Brantley, putting Houston ahead 1-0.

Houston threatened again in the top of the fourth, getting two on with two outs, bringing up Martin Maldonado with an empty base, which the Dodgers would use by intentionally walking him to get to Lance McCullers Jr., who grounded out to strand all three runners. He made up for it on the mound, though, out-dueling Buehler, who finished six innings while allowing a run by getting into the seventh scoreless. He would get two outs into that frame while giving up a single and a walk, leaving two on base for Blake Taylor, who came in to get the third out. McCullers Jr.'s final line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 110 P.

Alvarez adds insurance as Astros take the opener in LA

Clinging to the one-run lead in the top of the eighth, Carlos Correa worked a one-out walk to bring Yordan Alvarez to the plate, who demolished a 415-foot two-run homer to add two big insurance runs, extending the lead to 3-0. Kendall Graveman took over out of the bullpen in the bottom of the eighth and, despite allowing a leadoff single and hitting a batter, was able to finish a scoreless inning.

With Ryan Pressly on the paternity list, Houston handed the ball to Ryne Stanek to close things out in the bottom of the ninth. He would get the job done, earning the save by retiring the Dodgers in order, giving the Astros the win at the dismay of the fans in Los Angeles.

Up Next: This short series's second and final game will begin thirty minutes earlier on Wednesday at 8:40 PM Central. For the Dodgers, they will get the debut of Max Scherzer (8-4, 2.76 ERA), while Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 4.30 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros.

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