Houston Texans head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien wants quarterback Deshaun Watson to remain the leader of the team's offense throughout the 2020s.
Just don't expect O'Brien to publicly negotiate a contract extension through the press.
"Deshaun is a great player, an even better person and we want him here for a long time," O'Brien told reporters on Friday, per ESPN's Sarah Barshop. "... I know that we're working hard. We're not going to really talk about it in the media, but obviously we feel so strongly about him and the future of him in this offense, in this organization, and we want him here for a long time."
"Respectfully, we're not going to talk about contracts in the media, but we obviously have stated [that] we have so much belief in Deshaun. We love Deshaun. We want him here for a long time, but we're not going to negotiate contracts or do anything like that in the media. We'll keep that between us and Deshaun's representatives. He's here, he's excited and we're excited about the season."
O'Brien and team executives have plenty of time for discussions with Watson's representatives. Watson, 24, is signed through the 2021 campaign, and the Texans could retain his rights through at least 2022 via the franchise tag. QB Dak Prescott will feature for the Dallas Cowboys under the franchise tag this season.
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