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.
Texans expected to exercise fifth-year 2021 club option for Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson before May 4 NFL deadline, per sources. It's a procedural formality because team intends to negotiate a long-term deal with him. Fifth-year option projected to cost $17.3 million— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 27, 2020
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.