What will the Texans do in response to Deshaun Watson’s trade request?

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Now that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has officially asked for a trade, the ball has moved to Nick Caserio’s court. What will Caserio, and thus the Texans, do?

The choices are simple: (1) say they’re not trading him and mean it; (2) say they’re not trading him and not mean it; or (3) say they’re trading him.

They’re already putting out the word that they won’t trade him. Just like the Vikings did when they declared that they have “no intent” to trade Percy Harvin. The question becomes whether the Texans mean it.

If they do, Watson needs to be ready to dig in. Apart from daily fines of $50,000 per day for skipping training camp, Watson would owe the Texans $5.4 million per year for each of the next four years for $21.6 million in unearned signing bonus money. He also would sacrifice $10.54 million in 2021 salary, if he doesn’t play.

Some believe that Watson’s hesitation to say “trade me” until early last week means that he has considered all angles and that he has decided to proceed with the formal demand for a trade only after concluding that he’s willing to not show up, no matter what it may cost.

The Texans can opt for stubbornness in order to prove a point (such as, for example, “we can’t have the inmates running the prison“). But they’d be doing that through a likely storm of offers from other teams of tangible assets that could be used to turn the page on a player who doesn’t want to be there. And it would be stupid for the Texans to not listen to the offers that undoubtedly will arrive.

The Texans surely won’t be happy that the news of a new head coach was undermined by leaks of Watson’s trade request. But the Texans should have known that reporters would quickly start asking whether the hiring of David Culley would make a difference for Deshaun Watson, and that those reporters would be told, “Nope, he’s already asked for a trade.”

Watson indeed made it known not long after the season ended that he had become disenchanted with the team. His feelings grew as his recommended head-coaching candidates (Eric Bieniemy and Robert Saleh) weren’t interviewed. Early last week, he communicated the official trade request.

Somehow, it stayed under wraps. That created the impression that the coaching hire could turn things around. And so, by not leaking it themselves at the time, the Texans stepped on a rake by hiring Culley and necessarily triggering a land rush for Watson’s reaction, when the Texans already knew the reaction would be, “He asked for a trade before they hired Culley.”

The Texans now need to formulate a plan and implement it. More specifically, they should already have a plan, and they already should be implementing it. The question is whether any private insistence that they won’t trade Watson is real, or whether it’s part of an effort to maximize the return that they get for one of the best quarterbacks in football.

100 responses to “What will the Texans do in response to Deshaun Watson’s trade request?

  1. He signed an extension in Sept. I’m not a Texans fan and I don’t know how bad things are with that team but come on. His character is defiantly questionable on this one.

  2. Some team will offer the world for a player who is indeed dynamic yet he’s injury prone. He has stepped up and played through injury and I would want him on any team I root for, but a Ricky Williams/Mike Ditka type deal is most likely what it would take to get a trade done and that’s just not smart business IMO. Best of luck to him.

    Any relative of Bob McNair is definitely going to play the “Inmates running the asylum” card. Of that I have no doubt

  3. “His feelings grew as his recommended head-coaching candidates (Eric Bieniemy and Robert Saleh) weren’t interviewed.”

    That’s insane. Why would the Texans not interview two highly qualified candidates recommended by their franchise QB?

  4. They interviewed Bienemy. Saleh was the only one they didn’t interview and by that time he had accepted the Jets job.

  5. Guess the best example for Houston would be the Herschel Walker trade back in the day. Cowboys sent Walker to the Vikings through a mammoth deal that involved 18 players, draft picks & other teams, I think.

    At the time, the Cowboys were a terrible team with a great player on the roster. A lot of people attribute that trade to the Cowboys’ path to 3 SBs. Vikings won none.

  6. I still don’t understand why Bieniemy was not hired. He would have worked well with Watson who was just extended last year. Now they will have to try and find another team to not only take on an expensive contract but also give up a ton of draft capital. I guess the contract can be reworked to lessen the immediate cap hit but which team is dumb enough to give up the draft capital?

  7. I don’t understand why teams say they wont trade a player who requests a trade. Even if they do eventually play for that team again you have to know their heart would not be into it. Just trade him and get as much as you can and trade Watt at the same time too. Take all the assets you get from those two trades and rebuild.

  8. Whatever they do, it will be the wrong thing. The McNairs have been among the worst owners in the NFL. Cal McNair is clueless. When by far the best player on your team has been told he will be a participant in the hiring process and subsequently recommends a couple of really good head coaching options, you do him the courtesy of at least interviewing them. That should be obvious to even a tone deaf McNair. What is bizarre is that the interview process would have been online with no significant effort required to talk to them. I can’t think of another NFL team that would have behaved like this towards their star player. Truly pathetic.

  9. I’d play hard ball if I’m Houston and tell him the only way we’re trading him is if he waives the no trade clause now and I’m free to trade him to whichever team gives me the best deal. He would owe Houston too much money if he refuses to play

  10. supercharger says:
    January 28, 2021 at 11:41 am
    Stuff like this is ruining sports.
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    I don’t see how. If anything it makes the offseason more intruiging.

  11. Could not disagree more with anyone questioning Watson’s character because he signed an extension. Like it or not this is and always has been a business first. It is amazing to me how many times fans side with ownership even though they constantly break contracts by cutting or trading players. can you say non-guaranteed contracts? If its good enough for one side it should be good enough for the other.

  12. Let him sit if he doesn’t want to play for the Texans. Don’t trade him unless you get a kings ransom for him. He should be well rested and rusty by the time he sees the field again.

  13. The Texans shouldn’t trade him unless they can get a tremendous haul of draft picks. I wouldn’t even consider a trade unless they get a top-3 pick (to draft another quarterback), two other 1st round picks, and more lower round picks. If they get all of that, it could actually work out well for the Texans, like it did for the Cowboys in the 90’s. They Texans talent level is low, especially on defense. They need lots of talented young players who don’t earn a lot of money. A trade for many draft picks could be a way to do that.

  14. Texans won’t get what they paid for him. But get him out of your organization as soon as you can. Otherwise he will be a cancer in your locker room.

  15. Not long ago, the Texans were dominant. JJ Watt, D Hopkins, Cushing, Watson, Arian Foster. They mismanaged themselves into a laughing stock at this point with terrible personnel hires.
    Told Watson he could be involved in the coach and gm search, but they were never actually going to listen to him. I would be upset too.

  16. I feel like he threw away one of footballs biggest contracts and I don’t see teams banking on this guy. Watson will highly regret this firestorm in due time.

    It’s going to be an interesting offseason.

  17. Ask for two #1’s and a starting caliber QB. If they can’t get it, let him sit out. It won’t cost them anything so It’s really that simple.

  18. From a Dolphins fan…personally I don’t care what happens as long as he doesn’t come to Miami.

  19. A smart franchise would let him know he’s not being traded and if he wants to play football it’s going to be for the Texans. Then, do everything possible to repair the relationship and show him you’re committed to building a winning franchise.

    So, the Texans will end up trading him for a 4th round pick.

  20. Some of the commentators on this site are deluded in thinking Bieniemy is going to be a good HC. He is just along for the ride

    If you think Gase was bad when he lost Manning, just wait till you see Bieniemy without Mahomes, at al

  21. 1. The team will never do anything to minimize their potential return. If people feel you have to trade him, they won’t offer top dollar. That’s why they won’t acknowledge they will trade him, nor did they release the information that he formally requested a trade.

    2. This will be an interesting battle. Watson has control on where he is traded to, based on his no trade clause. Texans have control because they own his rights til 2025, and could choose to franchise tag him 3 times after that. So we will see who is more stubborn. Is Watson willing to stay home and not get paid? Are the Texans willing to endure the drama this will create as long as it is unresolved?

  22. He wants to go to the Jets. I have to question his decision making.
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    He wants a good head coach. He never had that in Houston.

    The best fit for Watson is the Forty Niners. They have a great team that will be able to contend for a Super Bowl immediately if they have Watson. The problem is that they cannot afford him.

    Most of the teams that can afford him are questionable, like the Jets. Miami would be a good fit.

  23. My guess is he will be traded but they should do what the Bengals did. Brown was right when he told Palmer he was not going to trade him until Hue offered 2 firsts. Trading Watson will allow them more capital but they are going to take a massive cap charge. I am not saying players should not do what is in their best interest but it seems he is only asking for this now because they didn’t cater to him which is ridiculous. McNair shouldn’t have asked Watson his input because that does not matter, he is a player. McNair only should not have fired Gaine, or allowed Easterby to be a EVP/GM but McNair doesn’t really do anything properly. Reminds me of when everyone thought York was worst one in the league McNair is far worse. I would put him beneath Woody Johnson, Mike, and maybe even Dan Snyder.

  24. Question: Does anyone know what Watson or his representatives were told to get him to sign the extension? It appears he was lied to at least once by the owner. Did McNair lie to him? Was he lied to when he negotiated the extension? My point is simple. Only Easterby, McNair and Watson know the answers. To question his character without knowing the full story is ridiculous. This is a young man who gave the cafeteria workers his first paycheck! He’s beloved in Houston. The fan base will be devastated when he leaves (and he will sooner or later), just as it will when the Texans trade or cut JJ Watt. McNair has wasted the efforts of two fine young men.

  25. jrterrier5 says: “That’s insane. Why would the Texans not interview two highly qualified candidates recommended by their franchise QB?”
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    Why? Because the locker room would REVOLT.

    Can you imagine if the team hires Watson’s “guy”, and that HC benches a player. Was it because that player was playing poorly, or because he got into a shouting argument with Watson earlier?

    Or if Drew Bledsoe had his “coach”, would he have been benched for Tom Brady? Or if the HC predominately only calls plays that Watson likes, but isn’t exactly best fit for the other 10 guys on offense?

    No, the locker room will not trust the HC to do what’s best for the team instead of what’s best for his “guy”.

  26. supercharger says: “Stuff like this is ruining sports.”
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    John Elway, Eric Dickerson, Joe Montana, etc. all have demanded and gotten traded.

    You do know sports just didn’t begin yesterday, right? I can’t think of a SINGLE sport that never had a star demand a trade for one reason or another. Get real.

  27. jxt2521 says:
    January 28, 2021 at 11:17 am
    He signed an extension in Sept. I’m not a Texans fan and I don’t know how bad things are with that team but come on. His character is defiantly questionable on this one.

    Couldn’t disagree more. He signed an extension when the internal situation was x, and the Texans responded not with situation y, but one that has nearly every football fan asking what is wrong with this organization. I look at it like any other job. I came to work here because of abc, now you change my boss, the way we operate, etc. It’s always my right to look for another job. His job is with another team. NOT a character question.

  28. Why should a player who isn’t responsible for paying the salary for a new head coach/player have a say in who gets hired? The owner should be allowed to hire or fire anyone they feel like regardless of any player’s feelings on the subject. This thing where players pout if they don’t get everything they want is getting ridiculous. Nobody twisted Deshaun’s arm to sign an extension. players need to do their job & get paid and stay out of personnel decisions because it isn’t in their job desription.

  29. akira1971 says:

    January 28, 2021 at 12:46 pmWhy? Because the locker room would REVOLT.

    Can you imagine if the team hires Watson’s “guy”, and that HC benches a player. Was it because that player was playing poorly, or because he got into a shouting argument with Watson earlier?

    Or if Drew Bledsoe had his “coach”, would he have been benched for Tom Brady? Or if the HC predominately only calls plays that Watson likes, but isn’t exactly best fit for the other 10 guys on offense?

    No, the locker room will not trust the HC to do what’s best for the team instead of what’s best for his “guy”.

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    I’m not suggesting they had to hire Watson’s recommended coaches, just at least interview them.

  30. About ten years ago to the day, Carson Palmer (a QB who was older, more injury prone, and less accomplished than Watson) soured on the Bengals organization and demanded a trade. The team refused, so Palmer retired. He returned to play after the Bengals traded his rights to the Raiders.

    So, Joe Fan, let’s stop pretending that Watson’s trade demand is novel or unheard of. It isn’t.

    Watson has all the leverage. Because, with his outside earnings and savings, he doesn’t “need” a paycheck. He can sit for a year (as Palmer was prepared to do), while the Texans take the salary cap hit (because he always “could” return, even though he won’t} and STILL have to find and pay a starting QB.

    Ergo, this horridly dysfunctional organization, which has a team chaplain making management decisions, a rookie GM, and a 65 year old rookie HC who had never been an OC, should FINALLY made a smart move and trade him.

  31. What’s the issue?

    Watson has a contract. If he wants to go to another team, that’s his right….TO ASK for a trade. Then the team can decide whether they want to keep a disgruntled player or allow him to sit out. The player can make the same decisions.

    At this point, the best move for the Texans is to trade Watson. If they keep him, the locker room will be toxic and the team will continue to go nowhere.

  32. mike624 says:
    January 28, 2021 at 11:59 am
    ReBrand as the Oilers

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    For nostalgia sure, but oil will soon be ancient history

  33. spdy34 says:
    January 28, 2021 at 11:46 am
    Could not disagree more with anyone questioning Watson’s character because he signed an extension. Like it or not this is and always has been a business first. It is amazing to me how many times fans side with ownership even though they constantly break contracts by cutting or trading players. can you say non-guaranteed contracts? If its good enough for one side it should be good enough for the other.

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    Amen! Why are players always “divas” or “greedy” but ownership is without fault? No way.

  34. Paul Harmon wrote

    “Some of the commentators on this site are deluded in thinking Bieniemy is going to be a good HC. He is just along for the ride

    “If you think Gase was bad when he lost Manning, just wait till you see Bieniemy without Mahomes, at al”

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    You know what Adam Gase got that Eric Bieniemy has not gotten? A CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF AS AN HC. In fact, Gase got TWO CHANCES.

    Why you think you know how good an HC Bieniemy would be based on some other guy who failed twice, I don’t know. Fact is, you don’t know. No one will know unless or until he is given a chance.

  35. thesmartest1 says:
    January 28, 2021 at 12:10 pm
    He wants to go to the Jets. I have to question his decision making.

    No one mentions his agents role in all this…the Jets are his preferred destination due to the NYC market for ancillary deals – at least that’s my guess as to what his agent has been telling him.

  36. I still don’t understand why Bieniemy was not hired.
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    GOOGLE him and check out his legal issues.

  37. mumfio says:
    January 28, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    “Why should a player who isn’t responsible for paying the salary for a new head coach/player have a say in who gets hired?”

    * * * * *

    In corporations, people often interview the person who is being considered as their boss. You do not only have executives interview executives for a management position. Also, a well functioning corporation would listen to suggestions from high performing employees as to what kind of management philosophy, or which prospective manager, they think would help them achieve more.

    This is not rocket science. Indeed, entire books have been written about hiring decision making. But somehow, I doubt any of them suggest “Take the company chaplain and give them management decision making power. Make sure you ignore the suggestions from your top performing employee. Just do whatever the chaplain suggests.”

  38. screamingviking says:
    January 28, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    About ten years ago to the day, Carson Palmer (a QB who was older, more injury prone, and less accomplished than Watson) soured on the Bengals organization and demanded a trade. The team refused, so Palmer retired. He returned to play after the Bengals traded his rights to the Raiders.

    So, Joe Fan, let’s stop pretending that Watson’s trade demand is novel or unheard of. It isn’t.

    Watson has all the leverage. Because, with his outside earnings and savings, he doesn’t “need” a paycheck. He can sit for a year (as Palmer was prepared to do), while the Texans take the salary cap hit (because he always “could” return, even though he won’t} and STILL have to find and pay a starting QB.

    Ergo, this horridly dysfunctional organization, which has a team chaplain making management decisions, a rookie GM, and a 65 year old rookie HC who had never been an OC, should FINALLY made a smart move and trade him.
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    How does DeShaun have “all the leverage?” Look at how LeVeon Bell’s career has gone since holding out for entire year? Plus, you act like DeShaun would have no problem losing an entire year’s salary plus fines. The team owns his rights & as such holds the real leverage.

  39. Is there anyone else who feels like the breathless reporting of how Mr. Watson feels today is like following a high school romance. Geez!

  40. So the Watson story knocked Aaron Rodgers’ Hamlet-schtick off the front page. How long before Rodgers inserts himself into a new front-page story?

  41. This would be real stupid for any team to give up the farm for him. There is way to many good young QB’S coming out in the next few years. I will admit he is a talent for sure but no way would I do it if I was a GM of a team. Watson needs to realize he is not bigger than the team.

  42. mackcarrington says:
    January 28, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    But…I thought the most important thing was that there isn’t a state income tax.

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    People crack me up when they sell Texas and Florida based on that.

    What? You think his accountant doesn’t know that? You think they don’t have spreadsheets showing what he would owe based on this team schedule versus another one? You don’t think his agent has calculated how much more cheese he could make in local endorsements in NYC versus Houston, taxes bedamned?

    This is a BUSINESS. LeBron left no state income tax Florida to go back to Ohio, then left Ohio to go to California, which has a very high state income tax, for very good reasons. No one but a fool would make a career decision based on marginal tax rates . . . .

  43. mumfio wrote

    “How does DeShaun have “all the leverage?” Look at how LeVeon Bell’s career has gone since holding out for entire year? Plus, you act like DeShaun would have no problem losing an entire year’s salary plus fines. The team owns his rights & as such holds the real leverage.”

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    You seem to be under the impression that, before he demanded a trade (just like Carson Palmer, a better comparison than L. Bell, since Palmer was a QB under contract, not a free agent RB), Watson did not have his financial advisor, his personal banker, and his home office manager make contingencies for sitting out a year. That’s what one does when one plays hardball. It is called “contingency planning.”

    Watson has outside earnings from endorsements, and is certainly sitting on a stack of cash. He can always be a football commentator for a year if he wants to make more money.

    LeBron took less money to go to Miami, then less money to go back to Cleveland, then left money on the table AGAIN to move to LA. That’s the beauty of sports today for a superstar — they have leverage because they don’t need the team owner’s money to survive. They can take less money to go where they want to go.

  44. bondlake says:

    I long for the day when some billionaire owner stands up to these spoiled players.

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    You seem to be under the impression that owners are what is important to winning games, not the players. This is error.

    Let’s say you get your wish and some billionaire owner decides to “stand up to” the players . . . whatever THAT means. Good luck getting free agents. Good luck retaining your own drafted players. Good luck repairing your reputation after it is ruined. Hope you don’t mind your franchise value lagging, too, because you cannot win because no one wants to play for you because “standing up to the players” was more important than winning.

  45. All these scenarios of Watson sitting out for a year discount the incoming crop of terrific QBs and whether Watson’s skills would deteriorate.

    I expect he really wants to be traded and not have to grumpily sit our or stay in Houston & not play.

  46. screamingviking says:
    January 28, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    mumfio says:
    January 28, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    “Why should a player who isn’t responsible for paying the salary for a new head coach/player have a say in who gets hired?”

    * * * * *

    In corporations, people often interview the person who is being considered as their boss. You do not only have executives interview executives for a management position. Also, a well functioning corporation would listen to suggestions from high performing employees as to what kind of management philosophy, or which prospective manager, they think would help them achieve more.
    This is not rocket science. Indeed, entire books have been written about hiring decision making. But somehow, I doubt any of them suggest “Take the company chaplain and give them management decision making power. Make sure you ignore the suggestions from your top performing employee. Just do whatever the chaplain suggests.”
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    A QB (an employee who might be traded tomorrow or cut) shouldn’t have a say on who the owner hires or fires. The owner can ask his opinion if they choose, but it shouldn’t be expected or required. In the corporate world, we don’t have a salary cap or draft our employees. So your comparison doesn’t really apply here.

  47. Urban’s Neighbor says:
    January 28, 2021 at 11:24 am
    History tells us he will be traded. Show me a team that kept someone so disgruntled.

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    Raiders and Marcus Allen.

  48. It seems to me the Texans have little to lose here, thereby giving them leverage. Until a team offers them fantastic compensation, they might as well play hardball. They’re bad with or without Watson, and their reputation is already down the drain. My guess is that they will chicken out and accept a bad trade, but this definitely has the potential to get more dramatic. Personally, I think Watson is likely the good guy in this, but I think he has overplayed his hand.

  49. The only kind of trade that would make sense would be to a team that could guarantee the Texans the ability to draft a new franchise QB this year.

    I think the Jags are set on Lawrence. That leaves Jets, Dolphins, Falcons.

    There don’t seem to be any slam-dunk QBs outside of Lawrence this year, so even the Jets wouldn’t be passing on any sure things.

    So I’m guessing it will be the Jets. The Jets get a star to pair with their new coach, the Texans get the #2 draft pick and their pick of top QBs, and immediately help their salary-cap status with his rookie contract.

    It makes too much sense to not happen. Everyone ends up better off than they were.

  50. I view Deshaun Watson as a man of integrity. To me it appears Watson was sold a bill of goods to sign the extension. Like the offense will be built around you and your skills, and then the Texan traded away his best receiver. When BOB was canned, he was told he would have some input in hiring the next coach. Watson offered 2 names as potential coaches. Neither was on the Texans list of coaches they wanted to talk with. I would think the Texans would have at least honored Watson’s choices even if the Texans didn’t want hire either coach. It a courtesy thing, especially from your franchise QB. It appears Houston interviewed many coaches, but not the 2 Watson offered. I would view that as a slap in the face of Watson. Robert Saleh was hired by the Jets. When it became apparent Watson wanted to be traded, Eric Bieniemy was quickly granted a Zoom interview. You have to wonder what McNair and the entire management structure was thinking? It should have been so simple, and yet the Texans managed to blow it! Now Texan fans have this!

  51. Everyone is saying he’s just that good. Someone should ask him if he’s that good and he is the leader of his team who’s fault is it that they only had 4 wins?

  52. I think most people would agree that the easiest, and likely correct answer is, “the wrong thing”. What ever the best decision is, the Texans will not do that. Whatever is the absolute wrong decision they will double down on. They are simply incapable of making a smart decision at this point. Watson may being being a bit petulant here, but honestly, do you blame him? He signed that deal, and they essentially destroyed the offense, and the teams future immediately after.

  53. stopthemadness says:
    January 28, 2021 at 2:17 pm
    Urban’s Neighbor says:
    January 28, 2021 at 11:24 am
    History tells us he will be traded. Show me a team that kept someone so disgruntled.

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    Raiders and Marcus Allen.
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    I should have added “in the free agency period”. There was no free agency. It was that situation with the Raiders that led to free agency.

  54. kevpft says:
    January 28, 2021 at 2:27 pm.

    It makes too much sense to not happen. Everyone ends up better off than they were.

    That last sentence is why it won’t happen. There are 31 teams in the NFL that would do that. There is one in Texas that just doesn’t have the ability.

  55. Watson has never done anything prior to this demand to be labelled a diva. In fact, he kept his mouth shut after countless stupid moves and comments from the Texans ownership and management the last 3-4 years. SPDY34 above nailed it — if a Team can cut a player mid-contract for performance or other issues, why the heck can’t a player demand a trade or contract negotiation for the same reasons? Makes no sense to trash the player yet stick up for the billionaire.

  56. id come out and say “if you want him, i want 2 first round picks and half of last year’s salary back…. that’s where the bidding starts.
    .
    then tell watsons agent… good luck.

  57. The original person who reported this (Adam Schefter) said ‘weeks ago’. This article says ‘early last week’. Numerous reports last week said he had not formally requested a trade because he knows there’s no turning back from that. All from anonymous league sources and not confirmed by Watson or the Texans.

    I don’t know…is it possible a ‘buying’ team is turning the knobs here?

  58. Trade Aaron Rodgers to Houston for Watson, straight up.

    That new movie would be, Houston, We Have a Problem 2.0

  59. oh what the hell, trade him to Detroit for Matthew Stafford….he wants to be traded too. I guess they could approach Green Bay for Aaron Rogers, but Aaron Rogers and Brett Farve together couldn’t fix the Texans.

  60. The Steelers should offer the Texans Big Ben and a few #1 draft picks the Steelers solve their QB problem and the Texans can start Ben next season while looking for a long term solution.

  61. All is not lost with the Texans, they can go and pick up Free agent Jameis Winston and convince him when he plays QB for them he will have the position all to himself and not be getting drag in and out of snaps or even games for a Taysom Hill. However, the Texans really could have waited and go get Byron Leftwich as head Coach to partner up with Jameis Winston since they did finish the season with the number 3 Offense in Tampa.

  62. “His feelings grew as his recommended head-coaching candidates (Eric Bieniemy and Robert Saleh) weren’t interviewed. ”

    You’re an employee. You don’t get to pick your boss. Although I would say they could’ve at least interviewed the guys…

  63. Yeah, owners will be lining up for a QB they can pay megabucks who insists on picking the GM and HC. Brilliant idea.

  64. He doesn’t need to sacrifice any money if he shows up and plays the injury card.

    His agent already has experience with this situation, and kept the player getting paid while withholding on field services until the blockbuster trade occurred.

  65. Browns should be at the table and offer Baker Mayfield , OBJ , and 2 #1 picks in exchange for Watson and Brandon Cooks

  66. The Texans will make out if they trade him , they have no money and no picks , they can trade for a few picks and get a fresh start under a new coach and GM

  67. Deshaun Watson is already a very wealthy young man. Even if he isn’t a top QB, if he sticks around long enough he could retire with over $200 million in the bank. Look at a guy like Alex Smith. He’s managed to hang around all these years, winning a total of two playoff games his entire career, and yet he’ll retire with well over $200 million. My point is Watson will have more money than he’ll ever need. At some point you want to be happy. I’m sure he’d gladly tear up his contract for a chance at moving on from Houston. He’s not going to let money hang up a deal. He has 15 years or so to make it back.

  68. dale brown says:
    January 28, 2021 at 3:53 pm
    The Steelers should offer the Texans Big Ben and a few #1 draft picks the Steelers solve their QB problem and the Texans can start Ben next season while looking for a long term solution.

    Ben would retire before he accepted a trade !

  69. Nobody with as many needs as the Jets and Joe Douglas as a GM are going to be stupid enough to blow that much money on a 28-25 QB with a minimal playoff track record.

    They can draft a QB every year for a fraction of his price until they find their guy.

    Teams will give the house for a Mahomes. They might be willing to trade away a ton to get a Lawrence or a Burrow or a Hebert.

    AFTER he wins a SB he’ll be worth what he is being paid right now, not before. The Texans over paid and everybody in the NFL knows it. The salary cap is going DOWN everybody is going to have to make hard decisions with the overpaid players already on their rosters. They aren’t going to make life harder on themselves by taking on the contract.

    And nobody should be betting on Watson being able to pay back what he’d owe the Texans to “retire”.

  70. We are all armchair GMs. Here is my take, and I will disclose that I am 53yo J E T S fan. Hopefully I can remain unbiased here. I do not see why the “price” has to start at 3 1st round picks based on the recent Adams, Ramsey, Mack trades. Those were not good trades for the teams that traded the draft picks – they overpaid. Similar logic to how the Revis camp held my favorite team to the ridiculous $15+MM year Asomaugh contract which was an outlier.

    I have no opinion either way on the character of Watson. If he wants to be traded so be it. But as good as he is, his team went 4-12. So a crud team like my green & white, or Jax, or Detroit would be foolish to part all of these draft picks because the rest of the roster is awful and loses their best shot to improve by trading the picks that have the highest probability of creating All Pro players. And yes, I understand that the league has manipulated rules to keep QBs playing into middle age, but how will a guy like Watson react to being on bad teams for 2-3 more years. Because the teams that have the draft capital, and I include Miami, are not good. Miami has a chance to be good, but it is an unknown because of Tua.

    It is a catch-22: any team with the draft capital and cap space to make a trade is not close to winning until 2024 unless they get extremely lucky. Any team ready to win now who only needs an upgrade at QB does not have the draft picks or the cap space for the trade to make sense.

  71. As long as Watson stays away from the Fade and the Broncos, I’m good wherever he chooses to ply his craft.

  72. RobfromAmarillo says:
    January 28, 2021 at 11:33 am
    Watson to the Giants for:
    -Daniel Jones
    -#2 2021
    -#1 2022

    ————

    As long as we’re making garbage fantasy trades, I’m thinking Watson to the Bills for Matt Barkley, straight up. Watson and Josh Allen in a 2 QB backfield, confuse the hell out of teams.

  73. toon2388 says:
    January 28, 2021 at 11:34 pm
    We are all armchair GMs. Here is my take, and I will disclose that I am 53yo J E T S fan. Hopefully I can remain unbiased here. I do not see why the “price” has to start at 3 1st round picks based on the recent Adams, Ramsey, Mack trades. Those were not good trades for the teams that traded the draft picks – they overpaid. Similar logic to how the Revis camp held my favorite team to the ridiculous $15+MM year Asomaugh contract which was an outlier.

    I have no opinion either way on the character of Watson. If he wants to be traded so be it. But as good as he is, his team went 4-12. So a crud team like my green & white, or Jax, or Detroit would be foolish to part all of these draft picks because the rest of the roster is awful and loses their best shot to improve by trading the picks that have the highest probability of creating All Pro players. And yes, I understand that the league has manipulated rules to keep QBs playing into middle age, but how will a guy like Watson react to being on bad teams for 2-3 more years. Because the teams that have the draft capital, and I include Miami, are not good. Miami has a chance to be good, but it is an unknown because of Tua.

    It is a catch-22: any team with the draft capital and cap space to make a trade is not close to winning until 2024 unless they get extremely lucky. Any team ready to win now who only needs an upgrade at QB does not have the draft picks or the cap space for the trade to make sense.

    ————–

    I agree with most of what you say but the price for Watson is so high, compared to Adams, Ramsey, and Mack, because Watson is a QB. You can win without an all-pro safety, CB, or LB, and the dropoff from those guys to an average player at their position will hurt you far less than the dropoff from an all-pro QB to the journeymen castoffs you’re likely to start in his place.

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