HOUSTON — Brian Gaine understands simply how vital it’s to encompass quarterback Deshaun Watson with expertise this offseason.
Throughout his information convention on the NFL mix final week, the Houston Texans’ common supervisor mentioned the workforce can be “selectively aggressive” throughout free company to proceed to construct the roster round its younger quarterback.
QuarterbackPct.Andrew Luck, Colts20.52Drew Brees, Saints19.75Derek Carr, Raiders18.87Matthew Stafford, Lions18.13Russell Wilson, Seahawks18.02Aaron Rodgers, Packers15.92Kirk Cousins, Vikings15.50Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins15.28Tom Brady, Patriots15.01Eli Manning, Giants14.74Matt Ryan, Falcons14.04Philip Rivers, Chargers14.02Case Keenum, Broncos13.60Cam Newton, Panthers13.14Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers12.18Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers11.92Marcus Mariota, Texans11.70Jameis Winston, Buccaneers11.52Andy Dalton, Bengals11.13Alex Smith, Redskins11.13Blake Bortles, Jaguars10.50Sam Darnold, Jets7.02Jared Goff, Rams5.37Baker Mayfield, Browns4.46Mitchell Trubisky, Bears4.38Carson Wentz, Eagles4.32Josh Allen, Bills4.23Lamar Jackson, Ravens3.06DeShaun Watson, Texans2.92Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs2.69Josh Rosen, Cardinals2.67Dak Prescott, Cowboys1.39ESPN Roster Administration System
“We really feel like we now have a long-term resolution on the quarterback place with Deshaun Watson,” Gaine mentioned. “So long as I am right here, I’ll make each effort to place the items in place round him to assist him, help him and assist him achieve success on the sphere.
“He is actually a centerpiece when it comes to how we wish to construct our workforce, and it is a focus of how we wish to construct the roster.”
The Texans have the subsequent two or three years to do this by making large splashes in free company.
One of many causes that the Texans have the flexibleness to construct round Watson is as a result of he’s nonetheless on his rookie contract. Whereas Houston’s window to win can be open so long as Watson can keep wholesome and play in addition to he has proven he can throughout his first two seasons, there isn’t any doubt that the Texans really feel some stress to take benefit now, whereas they don’t seem to be paying Watson high greenback and might as a substitute spend that cash on including items round him.
Watson is signed to his present deal for 3 extra seasons, and though the Texans aren’t more likely to wait that lengthy to reward their younger quarterback with a contract extension, that also offers the Texans a minimum of two extra seasons once they can benefit from not having a $100 million quarterback contract eat into their wage construction.
In 2019, Watson can have a cap hit of lower than $three.eight million, which is simply 2.92 % of the Texans’ present cap. By comparability, Russell Wilson is at the moment making 18.02 % of the Seattle Seahawks’ complete cap, and Aaron Rodgers is being paid 15.92 % of the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ cap. Matthew Stafford’s contract accounts for 18.13 % of the cash spent on the Detroit Lions’ roster and the Lions have not had any playoff success, partially due to an lack of ability to construct a robust workforce round Stafford.
Prior to now decade, a few of those self same groups had success constructing a Tremendous Bowl-winning roster round a quarterback earlier than he received his first mega-contract. Three seasons after the Packers beat the Steelers in Tremendous Bowl XLV, Inexperienced Bay rewarded Rodgers with a five-year, $110 million contract; the Packers haven’t been to the Tremendous Bowl since. The Seahawks (with Wilson) and the Baltimore Ravens (with Joe Flacco) have had related conditions, failing to win one other Tremendous Bowl after giving their quarterbacks an enormous contract. Seattle received again to a Tremendous Bowl the 12 months after its win, however after that, Wilson was rewarded — rightfully so — together with his first large extension.
Whereas the Texans gained the AFC South final season, it is no secret that every of the opposite three groups within the division have made the playoffs prior to now two years and will problem once more in 2019. Andrew Luck already has his large contract, and the Colts have greater than $100 million in cap house, principally because of having constructed their roster by way of drafting properly. Indianapolis additionally completed the common season red-hot and beat the Texans twice at NRG Stadium, together with throughout wild-card weekend, trouncing Houston 21-7 in a recreation that wasn’t even that shut.
Though the Texans have already got a proficient roster, there are many holes to fill, most notably on the offensive line and within the secondary. To maintain tempo with the Colts and take a step ahead to compete with the elite groups within the AFC, they’ve to speculate properly in free company. Houston won’t be able to take action for for much longer, a minimum of not in the way in which it could possibly this offseason.