The Houston Texans have been publicly adamant about it they have no plans to trade quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Well, Watson would be willing to force their hand.
Thusday, NFL Network’s Michael Giardi reported that he spoke to an active NFL player who is “good friends” with Watson. The player believes Watson won’t show up for the Texans this season and will remain seated until he is traded.
If Watson intends to hold on this season rather than play for Houston and force the Texans’ hand, that would put one of the NFL’s most talented quarterbacks on the open market at the age of 25. Essentially, he would be the most attractive. commercial target in recent NFL history.
Watson has long been reported unhappy with the situation in Houston. However, the organization seems eager to try and mend the relationship with its franchise quarterbacks.
A key figure in trying to keep Watson with the Texans will be former New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, who took over as general manager of the Texans this offseason.
Speaking to the media last month, Caserio did not even answer questions before planting his flag trying to keep Watson in town.
“Organizationally, we want to reiterate our commitment to Deshaun Watson,” said Caserio. “We have no interest in trading the player.”
New Texans head coach David Culley shared a similar sentiment.
“He’s a Houston Texan,” said the new coach. “I want him to be a Houston Texan. The reason I’m in this position today is because I know he’s going to be a Houston Texan.
The Texans have already parted ways with one of their generational talents this offseason by releasing star defensive end JJ Watt, who is currently a free agent.
The team’s choice to cut Watt and refuse to trade Watson isn’t particularly appealing to the team. However, the two players are at different times in their careers.
Watson is a young franchise quarterback. If traded, the team would not only lose the cornerstone of their franchise, but they would also be hit by a big cap due to the money Watson guaranteed in his recent overtime.
Watt, meanwhile, is nearing the end of his career and has freed up much of the cap space by getting cut.
As it stands, this market for Watson (and even Watt) remains unclear. There have been rumors that teams like the Miami Dolphins are ready to make a big play. However, the Texans’ decision to draw a line in the sand has slowed trade negotiations considerably.
For now, it’s a standoff between the team and the organization. We’ll just have to wait and see who blinks first.