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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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This week the NASCAR cup series heads to the world center of racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the inaugural fourth of July version of the Brickyard 400. This is unprecedented for NASCAR considering over the course of 50 years they are usually in Daytona around this time. While this move was met with a lot of criticism from fans, there is a positive to come from this move though, as the sport will hold their first doubleheader with Indycar. This has been talked about for many years and now it has finally come to fruition. Another new facet of this weekend will be the Xfinity Series running on the road course configuration. This could very well lead to the cup series transitioning from the oval to the road course next season should everything go well when the Xfinity series does it. It will definitely be an interesting weekend.

Last week, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin dominated the first-ever doubleheader at Pocono. The two drivers finished first and second in both races with Harvick taking race one and Hamlin winning race two. Both of these races came down to pit-road strategy as Harvick was able to eke out a victory by taking two tires and fuel while his teammate Aric Almirola took four. The next day Denny Hamlin pretty much had the whole field covered as he went on to claim his fourth victory of the season. Overall, the idea of two races in a weekend went over well but for the racing itself, it was hard to watch. One of the main issues I had was how the drivers didn't have to shift this week. In my opinion, that was what made this track so unique. It was an oval that had road course characteristics and it usually produced some pretty good finishes. Hopefully this will be addressed when the new car makes its debut in 2022.

One of the big stories going into this week is the announcement a couple of weeks ago that NASCAR will be moving their all-star event to Bristol Motor Speedway. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a whirlwind of news from the Bubba Wallace story at Talladega, to the doubleheader races last week. A lot of this has put this announcement on the back burner but this is a huge story. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 15th as NASCAR continues with midweek races. This is the first time since 1986 that the race will not be run at NASCAR's home track in Charlotte back when it took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The format will be pretty much the same as all the winners from 2019 and 2020 will all have an automatic birth into the race while the rest of the field will run in the open event the day before. The main event will feature four stages including a 15 lap closer around one of NASCAR's most popular race tracks. I think this move was long overdue and I hope that they continue with it in the future. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with the race at Charlotte but I think a change of pace would be welcomed. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

As we move on to Indy this weekend, the driver I have winning is Kurt Busch. This weekend will be the 2004 Cup Series champion's 700th career start, and he's won just about every race that there is to be won except this one here at the Brickyard. This week, that is going to change. It hasn't been the most consistent season for the Vegas native, but he still sits tenth in points and right in the thick of the playoff battle. This track isn't his best as he currently has a 19.42 average finish, including a dismal 30th place finish last year. But this week, I think he gets back on track with a victory as he starts second. The veteran has flown under the radar this year, but he has definitely shown spurts where we think he is going to break-out. He also has runs where it seems like him and his team are mid-pack, but there aren't many drivers out there that have the experience he has. And a talented driver like him always finds a way to bounce back. Look for Kurt Busch to take the #1 Monster Energy Camaro to victory lane.

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