Watson signs huge contract with Texans


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Bill Streicher - USA Today Sports
Bill Streicher - USA Today Sports

Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson signed a 4-year contract on Friday worth $13.80 million including a signing bonus of $8.21 million with the Houston Texans after being selected in the first round (No. 12 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

All of the money is fully guaranteed and there is a team option for a fifth season.

The Texans have signed all of their 2017 draft picks except for D'Ontra Freeman as rookie mini-camp starts today.

Watson is a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist; finished third in the 2015 balloting with 148 first-place votes and second in 2016 with 269 first-place votes. He is the first ACC player to finish in the top three of the voting on multiple occasions. Watson is also a two-time recipient of the Davey O’Brien Award and two-time winner of the Manning Award.

Watson is third in ACC history in total offense (12,094), behind only NC State’s Philip Rivers and Boyd. He threw for 10,163 yards and 90 career touchdowns. He is first in Clemson history in career completion percentage (.674), passing efficiency (157.5) and total offense per game (318.3). In his career in the fourth quarter, he passed for 16 touchdowns with only two interceptions and believed to be the first quarterback in FBS history to pass at least 37 hours and throw 35 or more touchdown passes in the same academic year (2015-16).


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