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Houston Texans Will Exercise Fifth-Year Option On Deshaun Watson’s Rookie Contract

This was never a question.

NFL: AUG 19 Preseason - Patriots at Texans Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

While this was never in question, it still counts as news, especially during the offseason. Your Houston Texans will take advantage of the fifth-year option on the contracts awarded first round draft picks and invoke same to ensure Deshaun Watson remains a Texan through the 2021 season.

As Wilson noted, this is a mere formality before the inevitable monster contract extension DW4 signs here to extend his stay in Houston far beyond 2021. If I was the Texans, I’d be doing my level best to get that hammered out before Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs re-set the market.