Cam Newton is playing on a bargain contract this season, but at least one of his mentees is getting paid.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Houston Texans worth $160 million, his agent confirmed Saturday.
The deal makes Watson the second-highest-paid player in the NFL behind only Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and dwarfs the $1.05 million in base salary Newton will make with the Patriots in 2020.
But Newton was quick to congratulate Watson on Instagram after the news broke.
"Man I’m so proud of you my killa!!” Newton wrote. “Been riding with you since Gainesville High, my boy. Seen you have a vision and you execute it to a tee. Happy for you, Ma Dukes, and the rest of the fam."
Newton and Watson indeed go way back: The two met during Watson's junior year of high school when he played for Newton's 7-on-7 team, and Newton kept in close contact with Watson as he starred at Clemson.
The Texans quarterback called Newton his inspiration and a "big brother" figure earlier this year, so the two clearly have a strong bond.
Watson certainly has made Newton proud while developing into one of the NFL's best QBs, and he'll have the chance to see his mentor later this season when the Patriots and Texans meet on Nov. 22.