Report: “Growing sense” that Deshaun Watson will leave Texans

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A divorce between the Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson seems more and more inevitable.

Although Watson has not yet requested a trade, it’s moving in that direction. As ESPN reports, there’s a “growing sense” in and around the Texans’ organization that Deshaun Watson “has played his last snap for the team.”

As PFT has reported, Watson has yet to use the magic words because that would put him beyond the point of no return. He’s getting closer and closer to that point.

Already disenchanted with the franchise, Watson was invited to give input into the search for a new G.M. and new head coach. His input was ignored. He feels disrespected. And at this point it’s unclear what it will take to change things.

As one source explained it recently to PFT, it’s more than a Watson vs. Jack Easterby situation, although owner Cal McNair’s to give so much power and influence to an executive who is unfit for the position doesn’t help. And it’s not a situation of Deshaun wanting things his way. He’s not demanding that the team hire Dabo Swinney or Watson’s high-school coach. Indeed, Watson recommended both an offensive coach (Eric Bieniemy) and a defensive coach (Robert Saleh).

Watson’s wishes are just part of the equation. The Texans don’t have to trade him. However, he’s also not required to play for them. If he asks to be traded and he isn’t, that’s likely what would happen next.

43 responses to “Report: “Growing sense” that Deshaun Watson will leave Texans

  1. JAX should trade their #1 for Watson + #1 + #2. If I’m JAX I making this trade.

  2. Sets a bad precedent. The ink is barely dry on the contract extension and he’s looking to leave. Could make teams reluctant to give out long term, big money deals if the player can force his way out of town soon afterwards.

  3. He’s a good qb. I wouldn’t trade him. Call his bluff. If he refuses to play, then he doesn’t get paid for the next, what, 3 or 4 years.

  4. It’s hard to sit home and watch all the elite QB’s lead their teams into the playoffs. It’s becoming more obvious to many that Watson is among the most overrated players in the NFL, and when you’re a QB, that’s devastating. Not only is he eating up cap room with his big contract, but now he feels like he’s a franchise QB who’s entitled to dictate who to hire, after he was the main cause of the coach getting fired in the first place.

  5. There’s a growing sense that petulant DeSean will leave the Texans & leave a $156 million salary cap hit.

  6. How about Houston send McNair to Pittsburgh for a Rooney – doesn’t matter which one. Any one of them understands the NFL better than Ol’ Cal. And send Easterby, too. Just don’t give them TOO much to convince them to do the deal – a 3rd round pick at most.

  7. I think he burned hisself. His career isn’t over but I don’t think he will ever have such an opportunity. What team will be attracted to this type of player?

    He’s done.

  8. as been said before, 67 million in dead money, 51 million cap hit — he’s not going anywhere… this year.

  9. He’s saying he’s too good for the rest of his team. He’d rather leave the rest of them hanging than feel “disrespected” in a matter he really has no business being involved in to begin with.

    If he’s willing to throw his whole team’s fortunes under the bus after being given a $150 million contract, the message for all other teams is that they are going to be held hostage the moment they sign him.

  10. yourteamisthegreatest says:
    January 17, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    JAX should trade their #1 for Watson + #1 + #2. If I’m JAX I making this trade.

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    Good thing you’re not JAX, then. Why would they give up drafting the best QB prospect in years on a rookie contract for someone with 4 years of tread wear who’s never managed to win anything in this league, who will blow up your team even after being given a huge payday?

  11. Poor guy being disrespected like that, you know with that $154MIL deal just to play football!

  12. There is no way he goes this year. Sit down or play for the Texans. As others have said, 50million dollars says he will not be traded. There is no trade available. Watson should go on vacation and be happy with the next coach that is chosen by his employer. Hopefully by camp time his fans will have forgotten this as a misunderstanding.

  13. The starting qb doesn’t get to hire coaches . Cmon man. Deshaun is going to ruin his reputation with this. You’re getting paid millions . Quit your crying.

  14. In my book, if you sign a multi million dollar contract, you suck it up and deal with the situation. How many people out there would kill to be in that situation.

  15. I keep seeing the Bears? So Mack and Watson contracts on the same team? That would be a pace thing to do.

  16. Texans aren’t going to part with him. Sporttrac has his dead cap at 67 mil next season. No way he is going anywhere. He will be there next year and the year after. These high paid players need to think about their situation before they sign a mega contract. Hard to feel bad about a player making almost 40 mil a year

  17. I love all of these Jack Easterby fans in the comments. Watson has been an excellent ambassador and player for a team that goes out of its way to mismanage their roster, trade away assets, and generally make a mockery of a front office. I don’t care how much money is on the table, guys like Watson want to win, not play for a team run by Tommy Boy and Kenneth Copeland.

  18. “Sporttrac has his dead cap at 67 mil next season.”

    That’s only if they release him prior to June 1st. If they trade him before June 1st, the cap hit becomes 21 million. It’s a lot of money, but it’s only 5 million more than what his cap hit would be if he was on the roster. It’s a manageable number.

  19. stillaboveground says:
    January 17, 2021 at 3:34 pm
    Sets a bad precedent. The ink is barely dry on the contract extension and he’s looking to leave. Could make teams reluctant to give out long term, big money deals if the player can force his way out of town soon afterwards.

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    Most teams aren’t the trainwreck that Houston are, they won’t have to worry about this sort of problem

  20. Wasn’t he bawling with gratitude recently after signing a life changing money contract?

  21. I’m actually shocked at the number of people here trashing him. I can only assume you people agree with the work Bill O’Brian did. If you agree with that, you really shouldn’t be allowed to have opinions on football.

  22. Watson should be thankful that the Texan’s have a visionary like Jack Easterby setting course for the future.

  23. He cant just leave he just signed a new deal. He has ZERO chance and NO leverage, this isnt the NBA where he can just pout and whine about being disrespected.

  24. The inmates DO NOT RUN the asylum! You could be traded if you refuse to play or not get paid for non playing. This is a business and it does not evolve around you!

  25. jrcowboy49 says:
    January 17, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    The inmates DO NOT RUN the asylum! You could be traded if you refuse to play or not get paid for non playing. This is a business and it does not evolve around you!
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    It being a business works both ways. Players are their own brand. And Duane Brown being trade, Hopkins traded, and Watt not coming back, it’s clear to Watson that the Texans are bad for business.

  26. I get it; Divorce might just be inevitable but even if it is where does Deshaun Watson go that will leave both himself, the ownership of the Houston Texans and the organization whole. Consider if you will Jacksonville, Washington, Philadelphia or Miami? Just like in a personal divorce both parties in this business separation are inevitably going to be hurt. The better teams may not want to give up for Watson or change their quarterback direction. Deshaun may come to a different perspective when he considers going to one of the worst teams in the league. It takes time to turn around a bottom dwelling NFL loser. The Texans although dysfunctional are not that bad. Houston battled with the Tennessee Titans in a very close game the final week of the season.

  27. The Texans are going to shop Deshaun, JJ and anybody else worth anything right now – which is not a lot – and do a ground up rebuild. They have burnt too many bridges and have to clean house now and start fresh with Caserio. They’ll tell everyone, “That was the old Texans.” They have no money for free agents right now – not that any would sign there anyway – so they have to build through the draft and Deshaun can get them a top 5 this year and at least an extra one or two #1 picks over the next few years. JJ should get them something.

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