Deshaun Watson

Quarterback

Age: 25
Free Agency: 2026 (UFA)
Accrued Seasons: 3
  • 2020 Salary Cap Charge: $9,808,244 (4.50% of cap)
  • 2020 Cash Payout: $29,354,247 (11.75% of spending)
  • 2020 Cash to Cap Ratio: 2.99
  • Contract Value: $156,000,000 ($39,000,000 APY)
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $74,894,247
  • Contract Ranking: 2/110 at QB

Current Contract

(Extension, signed 2020)
(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryProrated BonusRoster BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
202025$1,177,124$7,453,997$1,177,123$2,354,247$9,808,2444.5%
202126$10,540,000$5,400,000$0$10,540,000$15,940,0008.6%
2022 📝
March 22: 2023 $20 million salary and $17 million roster bonus vest to a full guarantee
27$35,000,000$5,400,000$0$35,000,000$40,400,00017.8%
2023 📝
March 22: $17 million roster bonus due
28$20,000,000$5,400,000$17,000,000$0$42,400,00017.6%
202429$32,000,000$5,400,000$0$0$34,700,00013.6%
202530$32,000,000$0$0$0$32,000,000--
Total$130,717,124$29,053,997$18,177,123$47,894,247$175,248,244

Contract Notes

Deshaun Watson signed a 4 year contract extension with the Houston Texans on September 5, 2020.  Initial contract details per Mike Florio of PFT who was able to confirm with Watson's agent. The extension is worth $156 million in new money with $73.716 million fully guaranteed at signing.  Watson received  a $27 million signing bonus and guaranteed salaries in 2020-2022.  On (presumably) the 5th day of the 2022 league year, Watson's 2023 salary and $17 million roster bonus vest into a full guarantee.  At signing the 2023 salary and bonus are guaranteed for injury only.  Watson has the opportunity to raise his salary in 2022-2025 by $1 million each year (through escalator) if the team wins the Super Bowl in the previous season, and Watson participates in 50% of the offensive snaps during the Super Bowl.
Career Earnings: $38,500,235
Career APY: $12,833,412
Potential Earnings: $187,394,482
Total Guarantees: $88,748,729
Largest Cash Payment: $37,000,000 (2023)
Largest Cap Number: $42,400,000 (2023)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
TexansDraftedRenegotiated20174$13,854,482$3,463,621$13,854,482$11,500,23583.0%$3,833,412
TexansExtensionActive20204$156,000,000$39,000,000$74,894,247$27,000,00017.3%$0
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Texans3$38,500,235$12,833,412$9,446,2380.0%$00.0%

Salary Cap History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusRoster BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2017Texans$465,000$2,053,997$0$465,000$2,518,9971.5%$8,680,988
2018Texans$555,000$2,053,997$539,749$1,094,749$3,148,7461.6%$1,094,749
2019Texans$862,249$2,053,997$862,249$1,724,498$3,778,4951.8%$1,724,498
2020Texans$1,177,124$7,453,997$1,177,123$2,354,247$9,808,2444.5%$29,354,247
2021Texans$10,540,000$5,400,000$0$10,540,000$15,940,0008.6%$10,540,000
2022Texans$35,000,000$5,400,000$0$35,000,000$40,400,00017.8%$35,000,000
2023Texans$20,000,000$5,400,000$17,000,000$0$42,400,00017.6%$37,000,000
2024Texans$32,000,000$5,400,000$0$0$34,700,00013.6%$32,000,000
2025Texans$32,000,000$0$0$0$32,000,000--$32,000,000
Total$132,599,373$35,215,988$19,579,121$51,178,494$184,694,482$187,394,482

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames MissedSnapsPassingRushingFumbles
InjuredHealthyOffenseSpecialComp/AttPctYardsTDINTSackedRatingAttYardsAvgTDTotalLost
201778142.1%0.0%126/20461.8%169919819103.0362697.5231
2018160099.9%0.0%345/50568.3%416526962103.1995515.6593
2019150093.7%0.0%333/49567.3%385226124498.0824135.07103
2020600100.0%0.0%137/20068.5%178613519107.6231094.7100

Valuation Diamond

The diamond is a scatterplot graph that visualizes the relation of the player's APY (in green) and performance (in blue, as measured by OTC's Valuations) to the rest of the league at his position. To understand how to read the diamond, read this explainer.

OTC ValuationAPY
Regular$32,158,000$39,000,000
Injury Adjusted$32,158,000$39,000,000
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OTC Valuation $6.3M $12.5M $18.8M $25.1M $31.3M APY $7.5M $15.0M $22.5M $30.0M $37.5M $27,588,000 $25,000,000

Weekly Valuation Trends

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