C.J. Stroud had the best game of his Ohio State football career in the Peach Bowl against Georgia. In that game, he showed that he can scramble with the ball if he needs to and still keep his eyes down the field. That game was the biggest reason why he was selected second overall in the NFL Draft.
Stroud is now a member of the Houston Texans and is their franchise quarterback. He is expected to be the starting quarterback from day one. With training camp coming up, he needed to get his rookie contract done so there were no distractions as the season gets closer.
He has done just that. Stroud signed a four-year deal worth $36 million. All of that money is guaranteed as well. Once Bryce Young’s deal got done as the number one overall pick, Stroud’s came in shortly after that. Now, Stroud can just focus on training camp.
It’s nice for Stroud to get a fully-guaranteed deal. Most NFL contracts are not fully guaranteed, so this is good insurance for him. As the franchise quarterback, he can now focus on improving himself so that he is the day-one starter, no questions asked.
Houston is not expected to be a good team. There’s a good chance that they are picking in the top five again next season. This season is all about getting Stroud some development so he can be great down the line. It doesn’t really matter how many games they win this year.
The Texans are in rebuilding mode. The former Ohio State football player is ready to be the focal point of that rebuild and be the rock that the Texans can build their foundation on. I think Stroud will do really well at the next level as an NFL quarterback.