Texans traded for and gave Tunsil a 3 year extension to his rookie contract. I see them doing something similar to Watson after this year. Thus Watson would play 5th year option in 2021 at $17.5 million, then get 3 years added at 31+ mil per season, with much (if not all) guaranteed, taking him through 2024. This circumvents using franchise tags that would keep the UFA on the roster, but maybe sow derision as well.
Texans were improving as a group, notably toward the end of last year, and then added Tunsil. Max Scharping at left guard and Tytus Howard at right tackle are no longer rookies. That group won't chase Watson away.
Never say never, but this more a dream then reality. Coaches that give up on franchise QB's get kicked to the curb. Even BoB knows this.
Also, has it ever occurred to folks that he may have played hurt last year? He took some vicious hits against Packers and didn’t look the same afterward. You’ll never know if Rivers is injured because he’ll play through everything including a torn ACL. And he will NEVER make excuses.
With a great backup in Jacoby I hope he doesn’t feel the need to play hero.
I get the weird feeling some folks would love to see Philip Rivers fail so that they can gloat they were right. I for one am optimistic. Gotta roll with who we have and win games, that is all that matters!!!
Watson is 1-2 in the playoffs...same as Luck after his first two trips...but Watson was much better on the field (8 INT vs 1 INT...for example).
It's rare for QBs at that age (outside of Mahomes or Wilson) to immediately perform big and win big in the playoffs...Colts fans should know that...we saw it with both Luck and Peyton. This lack of playoff success (to date) is also an argument that I hear about Dak (and now Lamar) as well...just seems like a bit of a double standard.
And looking at Watson's stats in his first two playoff years...it compares favorably to just about anybody not named Mahomes. And he's still a few years from entering that prime age range of 28-32...where most of the great QBs peak and start winning big in the postseason. That's a scary thought...and I would take Watson in a heartbeat.
And we are just talking about the playoffs...Watson's regular season production has been fantastic.