Cal McNair: We expect Deshaun Watson to remain a Texan

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J.J. Watt asked for his release and the Texans granted the request, but CEO Cal McNair said the team isn’t ready to move on without quarterback Deshaun Watson.

McNair spoke to Adam Schefter of ESPN after the announcement that Watt will be playing elsewhere in 2021 and said that move was a case of “doing right” by a player who has meant a great deal to the franchise.

McNair didn’t want to talk about the other topics that have swirled around the team. He told Schefter that “it’s not the right time to talk about” a front office that lost team president Jamey Rootes this week but he did touch on Watson’s situation while pushing back at those who think the team’s operating in a dysfunctional fashion.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there, I’ll leave it at that,” McNair said. “Today we want on focus on J.J. Deshaun is our quarterback, he is a Texan, and we expect him to remain a Texan, and we’ll leave that.”

Word earlier this week is that the Texans are holding firm when it comes to not trading Watson, but there’s been little sign that he’s come around to a more positive view of the organization. His comment regarding Watt’s departure doesn’t suggest that this move is going to change his mind, but it’s status quo on his front for the time being.

32 responses to “Cal McNair: We expect Deshaun Watson to remain a Texan

  1. A Watson trade is inevitable, but because it is the Texans, they will wait until after the Draft and gets less for him.

  2. This guy is determined to sink this ship. He just doesn’t get it. Who is going to want to sign there as a FA? Who is going to want to get traded there?

  3. What the Texans EXPECT and what will actually HAPPEN are two different things. But – the Texans will either do what the WFT team did with Trent Williams and get peanuts. Or – they will wait until after June, pay Watson his money, and then trade, again for peanuts. Lose, lose…

  4. Except for the trapeze act and the bearded lady I would say the full circus has arrived in Houston. I’ll bet Jets fans are relieved.

  5. The Texans are a great example of how not to build a winning team. Horrible owner. Horrible front office. Basically an unknown coaching staff. But, the Texans do have great and loyal fans. You just let you older defensive hero leave without getting anything in return. Your most valuable player has publicly stated he to leave your team as well. It would be hard to imagine any very good free agents wanting to sign with the Texans. Only players just looking for a big pay day might sign. This season will be a disaster for the Texans if they continue on this path. The Texans would be better off trading Watson and then trying to rebuild and rebrand the team.

  6. This amusing little fact has been making the rounds on twitter this morning.

    In the last couple years the Texans gave up:
    3rd rounder for Duke Johnson
    2 1sts for Tunsil
    Hopkins for DAVID JOHNSON AND A SECOND ROUNDER!
    JJ Watt for literally nothing in return.

    They are going to wait on Watson and get way less for him too.

    What’s worse than a dumpster fire?

  7. Nothing involving the Houston franchise would surprise me, including the other others forcing them to sell the franchise. They’ll have an empty stadium, even when the virus is gone.

  8. mikethevike11 says:
    February 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm
    This amusing little fact has been making the rounds on twitter this morning.

    In the last couple years the Texans gave up:
    3rd rounder for Duke Johnson
    2 1sts for Tunsil
    Hopkins for DAVID JOHNSON AND A SECOND ROUNDER!
    JJ Watt for literally nothing in return.

    They are going to wait on Watson and get way less for him too.

    What’s worse than a dumpster fire?

    =================================================

    At this point, I think they need more dumpsters to hold it all.

  9. Just Read SI’s piece on Texans executive Jack Easterby and it’s clear that he has manipulated the system and bamboozled the higher ups. Fascinating read that chronicles a very shady character in his quest tor power and control. It’s easy to see how this dysfunction happened in Houston, and I now question if Bill O’Brien really did pull off those ridiculous trades. Because no football person in their right mind could operate under that kind of impunity.

  10. Watt already gave his best to the Texans and has earned the right to leave. Watson just signed a monster contract and is acting like a child, so I’m fine with McNair laying down the law with Watson and not trading him.

  11. If I’m Watson, I just say I’ll throw every ball directly into the turf until they trade me. Every single play. He’s not required to play well. He’s only required to play.

  12. We already know Watson will take the season off. So have fun with getting no value for your QB.

  13. I am an extremely happy Colts fan. Houston is falling into the abyss formally owned by the Browns. Jax is an absolute joke and Lawrence will be the punchline. Tennessee is led by a fantastic RB and Tannehill. I think we could win our division at 9-7 for a few years. With zero QBs.

  14. I just felt my hammy tighten up is a frase you’ll be hearing a lot of in Houston next season if he’s not traded.

  15. I truly hope, for his sake, Watson doesn’t take the year off. We all saw how that worked out for Bell. And to some extent, Brown.

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