Report: Teams have called to make trade offers for Deshaun Watson, Texans won’t talk

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wants to be traded. The Texans do not want to trade him. Or even hear what teams would be willing to give up for him.

That’s the word from Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, who reports that the Texans have been unwilling to discuss Watson with any of the teams that have called to make trade offers.

According to Pelissero, some teams have left their trade offers over voicemail, presumably to the line of Texans General Manager Nick Caserio. The Broncos, Panthers and Dolphins are among the teams that are reportedly interested in trading for Watson.

It’s unclear whether it’s even up to Caserio to decide on whether the Texans will trade Watson, however. Texans owner Cal McNair has indicated that he won’t trade Watson.

Watson reiterated his desire to be traded in a conversation with new Texans head coach David Culley.

66 responses to “Report: Teams have called to make trade offers for Deshaun Watson, Texans won’t talk

  1. Now that the Texans refusal to engage in trade talks is now publicized, the next move is squarely on Watson.
    I’m curious to see how he approaches this without looking like the spoiled, entitled, diva that everyone now thinks he is.
    He better hire a PR firm before he makes his next move. He’s already lost the public being on his side.

  2. Not trading Watson would be the smart thing to do for Houston. Watson just signed a 5 year extension. Houston can sit on his rights for half a decade if Watson doesn’t report. When – not if – Watson does report, he isn’t the type of guy who is going to do the bare bones minimum.

  3. I wonder, could Caserio have known the level of disfunction he was walking into the Texans’ front office? He had talks with them last year and knows Easterby from his Pats days. He must have known something about it and walked into it anyway.

  4. Honestly have no idea how this is going to shake out. I can’t imagine the Texans seriously not trading him when his trade value is through the roof with multiple teams interested. With that said I can’t imagine Watson walking away from that much money. Really no clue who is going to blink first. What a crazy offseason this is shaping up to be

  5. I’m thinking maybe the Texans are doing the not talking thing to drive up interest and therefore the price. But deep down, I think they’re doing the WFT thing- not talking, not trading and in the end getting far less than Watson is worth, just to get shot.

  6. Let him sit, then sue for breach of contract. He signed, he needs to live up to the contract he signed.

  7. The Texans cannot sue for breach of contract. The contract lists the penalties if either side does not fulfill the contract.

    The contracts are governed by the agreed-to CBA. That’s why teams can cut players, but the players cannot sue them, either.

  8. Miami has the means to make a sweet deal for the Texans. Perhaps [4] 1st’s, [2] 2nds, [1] 3rd, and two players.

  9. Another reason why I’m losing interest in the NFL and pro sports in general… Ratings show that I’m not the only one feeling this way..

  10. Honestly good on the Texans, i get Watsons frustrations and wanting out but the last thing the NFL and owners should want is to be held hostage by players like the NBA owners are currently.

  11. If I’m the Texans, there is no other way out of this situation aside from trading Watson. If you trade him, you get an absolute haul of picks for him. If you refuse to trade him, you pay him his salary while he sits on the bench and your team deteriorates around you. He loses some of his prime years, but the organization looks all the more petty and awful for putting him in this situation. Just trade the man and everyone is happy!

  12. sidelinejoe says:
    February 25, 2021 at 6:37 pm
    Let him sit, then sue for breach of contract. He signed, he needs to live up to the contract he signed.

    He signed the contract to be on the team, not to start at QB…

  13. Texans could make a bold move by firing Jack Easterly and recovering their franchise. Short of that, Watson sits tight, holds his ground and gets out of Dodge.

  14. Think about it, if the Texans trade him they would have a $56,000,000 dead money hit this year!! There isn’t any way they can afford to give up that much cap space.

  15. I have said this in other places NO SINGLE player is worth 4 first round picks any GM who does that will end up fired within 2 seasons. Herschel Walker trade…disaster for the Vikings. Ricky Williams trade (entire draft) another disaster. The Texans will lucky to get 2 firsts and another first if they tie to the taker winning a Super Bowl during the duration of Watsons stay with the next team.

  16. I think the Texans have to call his bluff and say you play for us next season or you sit it out. Franchise QB’s dont grow on trees, when you’ve got an exceptional one with his best years ahead of him you don’t let him walk unless there really is no alternative. However many picks they get I’d bet none would give them a player of that calibre at QB. If he really means it and does sit trade him next year, I don’t think the bounty in picks would be that much different than this year anyway. Having said all that I’m not being sympathetic to the Texans, it should never have gotten to this point and if Watson leaves they’ll only have themselves to blame.

  17. Many in the general public don’t understand what goes on inside the Texans’ building, but everyone inside the NFL knows. It’s beyond bizarre. The other teams won’t hold anything against Watson, regardless of how this all plays out. The interesting thing will be how Watson handles this. He could do everything he needs to do to get paid, but then come up with a stock flu every Sunday morning, and never get on the field. How do ya like them apples? Like I said, the other teams wouldn’t hold it against Watson.

  18. It looks like the Texans are resolute. Now it’s time to put up or shut up for Watson. He can either play, sit out and not get paid, or retire. Something tells me he doesn’t want to leave all that money on the table. Plus, if he comes back and stinks it up do you think anyone would trade for a QB who quit on his team like that?

  19. Although I feel like he should be affected by his actions, the smartest thing the Texans can do is trade him now while his value is at its highest. Get the picks and player, and move on.

  20. Who wouldn’t want to hire someone who will quit on your team right after signing a lucrative contract if they don’t like your business decisions?

    At first I wondered why we weren’t hearing about the Jets making inquiries, now I’m starting to think they have the right idea. Drafting and building a team makes more sense than the albatross of a guy who’s never won anything flaking after being given a huge payday.

  21. Set a standard for future players and bench him… NFL is a dream and a privilege for players to be accepted… players aren’t bigger than the NFL… Make sure no other player will think about following Watsons despicable actions….

  22. Make no doubt, this is about power to the players and their capacity to call out dysfunctional authoritarianism of antiquated structures. The problem is that BOTH parties – players and owners – are part of a system that is rigged by greed. There is no good guy, bad guy here. They both agreed to play this game. And this is the dynamic they have to face. When you make a deal with the devil, don’t blame the devil.

  23. If I was a betting man, I’d say the Texans are banking on Watson’s moral principles to subside once the season nears and he starts to lose money. That will show how serious his stance truly is.

  24. Dont trade him. Give him the Palmer treatment. This is McNair’s fault but the response to it by Watson is so immature. Do not hurt the team in 2021 to appease Watson. The is an awful precedent they will set. Players should not have more input than a suggestion on their bosses and teammates. They also should not be able to sign a contract, then force a trade while hurting a teams ability to build a roster due to penalties to the cap.

  25. although i read texans losing ‘leverage’ i think the opposite. As long as there are a bunch of teams that want him the texans can hold out until just before the draft. After the draft might be a mistake though.

  26. Watson has already said he would only go to one of 4 teams which severely limits the competition for his services. Saints and Cowboys don’t have the cap room without gutting their team. Raiders QB has quietly had a very good season. Watson would not be a sufficient upgrade to invest the massive draft capital needed. The Bears might be stupid enough to blow thru their draft picks on a QB, again, but they would be the only bidders unless Watson expands the list of teams he is willing to go to. Did Watson think this thru when he made his demand to be traded only to those four teams? Does not speak well for his ability to be the de facto GM.

  27. I hope he bought bitcoin three years ago and can tell McNair to take a hike. I love seeing these guys make their own way against the suits.

  28. The Texans are a tire fire of an organization. I don’t blame Watson for wanting out. Even “team first” humanitarian JJ Watt wanted out of the dysfunction and got his wish. The Texans should trade Watson and get a haul of draft picks they desperately need to be competitive.

  29. Draymond Green made a great point. Teams decide they are better off trading a player? No one debates the fan impact, the sanctity of contract, or the morals of cutting lose a player. That is “just business.”

    Player decides they are better off leaving a team and requests a trade? All of a sudden, we are supposed to be fixating on the impact on fans, the sanctity of a contract, and how immoral it is to “quit on your team.” No one focuses on whether that is “just business” because the player choosing where they will work is like communism.

    This is nonsense. People here want to treat athletes like they are sharecroppers — Tied to their employers, at the employers whim, with no freedom to choose to leave for a better situation. BS. The world no longer works that way, Joe Fan.

  30. I agree, the smartest the Texans can do is start trade talks. I also agree his value is way up there. The Texans should play one team against the other. If necessary leak a little info about what one team is offering trying to dive up the price for Watson. It’s hard to think of the Texans organization as being smart, so that is probably not going to happen.

    They will probably keep thinking they can change Watson’s mind. I think for Watson it’s a matter of principle. He’s been lied too and he doesn’t like. Now feels he can trust the Texans about anything and wants out. The Texans seem to fell we bought and paid for and eventually you will have to play for us. It’s not a good situation. If fact it’s a toxic situation. How many good free agents would be willing to sign with the Texans after this mess? The longer the Texans drag things out, the messier and more toxic it will get.

    Trade Watson, get you big haul, draft well, and rebuild. It’s the smart way to move forward for the Texans. There I go again. Equating smart and the Texans’ management is the same sentence!

  31. cawcaw86 says:
    February 25, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    If you refuse to trade him, you pay him his salary while he sits on the bench and your team deteriorates around you.

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    Watson is not sitting on the bench. Either he reports and starts or doesn’t report at all, in which case he doesn’t get paid and the Texans can come after him for repayment of the signing bonus.

  32. Watson and Wilson a couple entitled Divas thinking they are owed everything just because they play QB

  33. Here’s the real reason McNair won’t trade Watson: Watson only counts for $15m on the cap this season. It would cost $17m in dead cap money if Watson is cut or traded, so the Texans have zero incentive to move him this offseason. Watson’s deal jumps to $35m next season with a $40m dead cap hit so if he holds out until 2022, he’ll definitely get traded if things aren’t patched up by then.

  34. I think the best move for McNair is to just sell the team. I don’t think firing Easterby is enough (which McNair isn’t inclined to do anyway). Someone would pay full value for an NFL franchise, even if it’s the dumpster fire that is the Houston Texans. New owner fires Easterby and they can start to repair the damage.

  35. Rodger “Vince McMahon” Goodell needs to appoint a texas team the Super Bowl for their courage to make it through this winter storm and the texans think they have a shot at a “push” as long as they have Watson.

  36. Although I can admire them standing their ground of not trading him, the offers will severely decrease after the draft. And if Watson does hold out, Houston will really be regretting not listening to offers right now.

  37. It’s one thing when around 2/3 of the comments here usually side with generational billionaires on any issue. It’s a step further when it’s an ownership and leadership team that’s been shown to be this incompetent. America, where we are supposed to support rugged individualism and bootstraps but the guys who work hard to perform well in their professions are the “bad guy” compared to people who inherit sports team and frequently receive massive amounts of welfare from taxpayers and special protection from the government.

  38. There are a LOT of misconceptions in the comments.

    1. If Watson holds out, he doesn’t get paid and he faces daily fines.
    2. If Watson holds out, the Texans will own his rights forever as an NFL player has to be active for a certain percentage of games to accrue credit towards their contract.
    4. The Texans dead cap money for trading Watson is $5.4 million, NOT $54 million. His new contract is an extension and doesn’t kick in until 2022.

  39. I love all the people saying to sit him like that is some kind of punishment. He gets paid like normal, has no injury chances and avoids this years low salary cap driving his value up.

  40. “radar8 says:
    February 25, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    The Texans cannot sue for breach of contract. The contract lists the penalties if either side does not fulfill the contract.

    The contracts are governed by the agreed-to CBA. That’s why teams can cut players, but the players cannot sue them, either.”
    Do you have specific knowledge about anything different in Watson’s contract. Because my understanding is that Watson is liable for about 2 million dollars in fines if he misses training camp. And if he misses a regular season game the Texans are entitled to a return of 21.6 million of the 27 million dollar bonus. The Texans may not be able to sue for additional damages. But they are entitled to the return of their bonus.

  41. As I understand it, Watson signed a very, very valuable contract very recently that will stiff the Texanss for $56 Million if they trade him. That means best case scenario if they trade him they have to field a team with a net salary cap of less than $140 million minus whatever they have to pay whatever QB they can get either in draft or in trade.
    They can’t do that, it’s jut ridiculous, The only way anyone comes out of this with any credit is if the Texans agree with Watson to play this year, if he puts in a good enough showing that teams still want to trade for him next off season and he still wants to leave, they’ll trade him then, with the cap hit lower and the salary cap higher.

  42. alonestartexan says:
    February 26, 2021 at 2:55 am
    There are a LOT of misconceptions in the comments.

    1. If Watson holds out, he doesn’t get paid and he faces daily fines.
    2. If Watson holds out, the Texans will own his rights forever as an NFL player has to be active for a certain percentage of games to accrue credit towards their contract.
    4. The Texans dead cap money for trading Watson is $5.4 million, NOT $54 million. His new contract is an extension and doesn’t kick in until 2022.

    ——————

    Good stuff, but we’re all dying to know: what is #3???

  43. asixthlombardiforthehaters says:
    February 26, 2021 at 8:45 am
    Good stuff, but we’re all dying to know: what is #3???
    —–

    Typo, my sincerest apologizes.

  44. oldgrouch says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:12 pm
    Watson has already said he would only go to one of 4 teams which severely limits the competition for his services. Saints and Cowboys don’t have the cap room without gutting their team. Raiders QB has quietly had a very good season. Watson would not be a sufficient upgrade to invest the massive draft capital needed. The Bears might be stupid enough to blow thru their draft picks on a QB, again, but they would be the only bidders unless Watson expands the list of teams he is willing to go to. Did Watson think this thru when he made his demand to be traded only to those four teams? Does not speak well for his ability to be the de facto GM.
    ____________________________
    Um, Russell Wilson’s agents says he wants to be traded to the Cowboys, Raiders, Bears or Saints. I think you have Watson and Wilson confused.

  45. I’m sympathetic to Watson, particularly after the crazy trades that O’Brien made getting rid of DeAndre Hopkins & Clowney, getting little in return. And now with JJ gone.

    But Deshaun signed a contract extension after that. A four-year, $156 million contract extension, with guaranteed salary at signing through 2022, with lots of cap hits.

    If this is the future of the NFL, that star players can just demand trades after signing contracts, what is the sense of signing contracts?

  46. “I’m curious to see how he approaches this without looking like the spoiled, entitled, diva that everyone now thinks he is.”
    __________

    I’m amazed how many people seem to have missed the events that made him upset. They literally came to him saying they wanted his input in the GM and coach search. They then proceeded to completely ignore his suggestions and even let him find out from the media who they were hiring. Totally different story if they hadn’t made him any promises but they did. How exactly would most guys in his position handle this? If this were you at work, YOU’D still be totally in love with your job?

  47. nydre4 says:
    February 25, 2021 at 6:55 pm
    At this time, why would anyone want to play for the Texans?
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    No state income tax, low cost of living, outstanding (best in world) medical facilities, mild climate, and so on. Players with floundering careers might be better off on a team where they get an opportunity to contribute right away. Reason #1? Bill O’Brien is gone!

  48. dualprime says:
    February 26, 2021 at 10:30 am
    nydre4 says:
    February 25, 2021 at 6:55 pm
    At this time, why would anyone want to play for the Texans?
    ———————–
    No state income tax, low cost of living, outstanding (best in world) medical facilities, mild climate, and so on. Players with floundering careers might be better off on a team where they get an opportunity to contribute right away. Reason #1? Bill O’Brien is gone!

    ——–
    Don’t forget the $20K power bills or freeze to death and no water.

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