Jalen Ramsey: Deshaun Watson is “extremely serious” about not playing for Texans again

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Multiple reports and accounts have emerged since the end of the 2020 regular season indicating that quarterback Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston. More and more reports and accounts indicate that he’ll never play for the Texans again.

Along the way, no one has said, reported, or suggested that Watson is merely bluffing or posturing.

The latest person to echo Watson’s concerns is Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Appearing on the Huddle & Flow podcast, Ramsey said this of Watson: “I highly doubt he will suit up in a Texans’ uniform again. He’s extremely serious.”

Ramsey’s position isn’t guesswork or informed speculation. He’s represented by the same agent, David Mulugheta, who handles Watson. Also, Ramsey has been there, done that when it comes to getting away from a team for which he doesn’t want to play. Watson had a front-row seat for that fight; at one point while Ramsey was trying to get out of Jacksonville, a photo emerged of Watson, Ramsey, and Mulugheta in Houston.

So, yes, Watson means what he says, even if he has yet to say it publicly. The Texans know, but (unless they are merely bluffing or posturing) they seem to be intent on letting his play out instead of maximizing their return in a trade now.

When I was five, I was fascinated by the metal cover over the pilot light on the stove. As I reached my finger, ET-style, toward it, my mother kept saying, “You’re gonna burn your finger. . . . You’re gonna burn your finger.” And yet I still kept reaching for the metal cover over the pilot light on the stove, until I touched it and burned my finger.

Basically, the Texans appear to be the five-year-old version of me. We’re all telling them what’s going to happen if they draw a line in the sand with Watson, but maybe they need to experience it before they realize that what they’re being told is true.

82 responses to “Jalen Ramsey: Deshaun Watson is “extremely serious” about not playing for Texans again

  1. Texans are gonna lose ground on trade value thanks to, well you know, their organization.

  2. Ramsey and Watson have the same agent. We knew Watson was extremely serious already by letting this go public in the first place and not handling it behind closed doors. I’m certain Watson tried to do this privately and was left with no other option than to go public. Once it’s public you can’t put the genie back in the bottle.

  3. Poor whiney baby got feelings hurt. News flash players of today. You don’t need to be part of the hiring process.

  4. Good franchise: stays competitive and keeps their franchise QB happy
    Bad franchise: pisses off franchise QB but trades him for ransom to salvage situation
    Dumpster fire franchise: refuses to trade pissed franchise QB out of spite because of ego and pride, and he holds out lowering his value

  5. Job interview for GM position: “My first move as GM would be to trade away our 25 y/o franchise Quarterback.”

    Ownership: “NEXT!”

  6. Malpractice at this point if the Texans don’t just concede and trade him. You look foolish holding on to a pipedream of reconciliation. Save face by hitting the rebuild button and go from there. Everyone but them, apparently, realize this is the only choice.

  7. Deshaun going about this the wrong way. I would show up to training camp pass the physical and conditioning test go to meetings. The first practice I’ll pull up lame and have lingering hamstring injury for the next 4 years or until the trade me. Lol

  8. Thanks Jalen – let’s see how serious he is when he’s missing his $1.4M a week paycheck

  9. At this point, the Texans are being smart in trying to repair the relationship with Deshaun Watson. He will continue to have maximum trade value up until the draft. There is no urgency to make the trade today since all of the potential trade partners still need franchise quarterbacks. As long as they don’t wait until after the draft, the trade value will still be there.

  10. As this plays out…Basically, Watson will appear to be the five-year-old version of you.

    Also, at 5 you weren’t 1 year into a 4 year deal to not touch a metal cover on a pilot light.

  11. Texans need to trade him already. He isn’t going to be happy on that team and you dont want someone like that on a team. Stop stalling. They will get a couple 1st round picks and some starters. They can rebuild with that.

  12. The asking price of 3 firsts by any team is ridiculous. At that price, a team would get a primetime quarterback but a draft hole that might be too deep to crawl out of. Unless the Texans lower their asking price and, perhaps, get something in return, the whole situation works against them. If Watson sits out, you have no quarterback. And if teams interested in Watson wheel and deal with one another or draft a QB, the Texans will find themselves without a trade partner.

  13. Perfect place for them both would be the Jets.
    New York will bring out the very best in them – lmao

  14. Watson has shut the door on Houston. He is the next Brett Favre. Its been talked about and articles comparing the situation are funny. $$$$$….no, yes, no, I wanna get traded…I’ll play there not here..$$$

    He should just announce he’s not playing for Houston anymore NOW before the draft and free agency hits. More leverage, at least for the Team for comparable compensation. – maybe Watson too.

    #6 pick goes to Houston from Philly? Jalen Hurts Sr? I dunno, I dunno.

  15. Brady acting like an entitled Millennial will send this league on its head.

    Hint: Do not cater to primadonna millenials and expect it to work long term.

  16. Let me guess… Next week he will be “very-very seriously” considering not playing for the Texans…

  17. I love Deshaun Watson and want him to be the QB of the Texans. But at this point, it’s time for the team to get what they can for him and move on. Admit that we are rebuilding with a new coach and a new GM, and find who we believe the next QB will be. I would like to make a trade with the Jets for the 2nd overall pick and Sam Darnold (plus more). Use that pick on Zach Wilson, and let Darnold be the QB for next season (and maybe beyond, depending on how he does). Let Wilson develop.

  18. How many MVP’S has he won? How many years has he led the league in TD’S? Yards? Total QBR? How many Superbowl appearances does he have? Right that would be ZERO. Now if you’re an interested team do you really want a guy who’s accomplished so little, and is negotiating publicly thru third party proxies to get out of a contract he just recently signed? He’s hurting himself this is getting out of hand

  19. Watson is likely not just upset about not being involved in the GM and HC choices. The Texans have had horrible management, for years. From the head coach up to the owner, the Texans have consistently made bad moves.

    Watson knows that his career will go nowhere if he stays with the Texans. Houston is where quarterbacks go to end their careers. He will not back down.

    The longer the Texans wait to trade Watson, the less they will get for him. Other teams can’t wait to see if Watson will be available and for a price they can afford. They will start picking up their second choices, which reduces the competition for Watson’s services.

    I can’t say that I’m surprised that Houston is messing up, yet again. This is how they operate.

  20. Because O’Brian traded away most of their draft picks, and because Watson takes up such a big chunk of the salary cap, the Texans are now a bad team without any way of getting better. This is the only reason Watson doesn’t want to stay in Texas.

    But they’ll be bad next year with Watson or without Watson. Let him sit a year. What’s the difference? I don’t know why the media is concerned about Watson getting to go somewhere else. Let ’em play hardball with each other and see who blinks.

    That said, I think Watson is overrated from what I’ve seen. I’ve only see him play four games though. Two against Kansas City. One against Buffalo and one against Cleveland.

  21. You cannot enter a season with a checked out, face of the franchise QB. Watson gave the Texans 4 years of his career while watching BoB run the team into the ground and now sees Jack Easterby doing the same thing. I’m surprised more people aren’t on Watson’s side here. They traded Deandre Hopkins for a 2nd round pick and a washed up David Johnson! What team does that to their franchise QB?

  22. Watson could solve this situation in a day if he wanted to. All he has to do is come out with a statement saying…. ” I would like to announce that I will return and play for the Houston Texans. However… I will do the bare minimum that is required by my contract and not a thing more. I will skip OTA’s. I wont spend a second in film study nor will I interact with the coaching or training staff outside of team practice hours. I will not spend a minute longer on the practice field, or any field for that matter, than is required by my contract. Also.. I would like to acknowledge that Jack Easterby is a slimebag conman and Cal McNair is a clown. See y’all in August. He’d be traded within 24 hours

  23. I want to see the owners blackball Watson and anyone like him from the league. Cut him, nobody signs him. Send a message.

  24. You know what cracks me up? Those guys on this message board that continue to talk about Deshaun Watson and how important his next paycheck is to him.

    This is the guy who donated his first paycheck as a pro to cafeteria workers of the Texans who lost their houses in a natural disaster (not his tenth paycheck after he bought himself a fancy car; his first!).
    I guess he could care less about money. He has enough, but when he plays he wants to get paid his value. He could work as a TV analyst for college or pro football. The networks and viewers would love his as he is smart.

    Stop talking about money with this guy. He wants to win and that‘s simply impossible with the Texans right now.

  25. Trade him to the Jets and go out and get Zach Wilson would be the best bet. Then he would be on a rookie contract saving big bucks for the team. Watson costs the organization too much and isn’t going to be a playoff team anytime soon even with Watson. Find a good WR for Zach. Of course even with Watson I don’t see that team going anywhere either (the jets).

  26. If the Texans trade him they have to eat a $21 million cap hit plus (presumably) pay another quarterback to replace him. What’s the rush? They’re going to in a terrible position next season no matter what they do here. They might as well hold out for the best possible offer. Is Watson’s value really going to go down? Are teams going to suddenly decide he’s no good or that the quarterback position doesn’t matter anymore?

  27. I am hoping and praying this plays itself out to him sitting out and not getting paid. Call each other’s bluff and see how this works out.

  28. For those that say there is no urgency, keep in mind that as teams sign players in free agency the amount of cap to fit Watson decreases, and if they wait post-draft, the draft picks needed to fund a trade for 2021 will be gone. Each passing day narrows the availability of trade partners and assets, decreasing the Texans’ leverage. I’d say the ticking of the clock is getting louder by the day.

  29. Buyer beware. Four months after getting paid, he wants to be traded because the team hired someone without asking him first. What in the world…

  30. Watson is likely not just upset about not being involved in the GM and HC choices. The Texans have had horrible management, for years. From the head coach up to the owner, the Texans have consistently made bad moves.

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    Right… then why did he sign that extension just a few months ago?

  31. Watson is likely not just upset about not being involved in the GM and HC choices. The Texans have had horrible management, for years.

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    Then why did Watson sign a contract months ago that committed himself to the Texans for 5 more years?

  32. radar8 says:
    March 4, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Watson is likely not just upset about not being involved in the GM and HC choices. The Texans have had horrible management, for years. From the head coach up to the owner, the Texans have consistently made bad moves.

    As you say, the “Texans have had horrible management, for years” and yet Watson signed a 4-year $156 million contract, with $73 million guaranteed at signing last September (less than one year ago). It was clear then that Houston had horrible management.

    Does Watson get to keep the $73 million that was guaranteed when he signed?

  33. lammalamma says:
    March 4, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Watson could solve this situation in a day if he wanted to. All he has to do is come out with a statement saying…. ” I would like to announce that I will return and play for the Houston Texans. However… I will do the bare minimum that is required by my contract and not a thing more. I will skip OTA’s. I wont spend a second in film study nor will I interact with the coaching or training staff outside of team practice hours. I will not spend a minute longer on the practice field, or any field for that matter, than is required by my contract. Also.. I would like to acknowledge that Jack Easterby is a slimebag conman and Cal McNair is a clown. See y’all in August. He’d be traded within 24 hours

    If Watson did that, it would likely be a breach of the $156 million contract that he signed. It may also be a breach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by the players & the NFL.

  34. And here’s hoping that the Texans are just as serious about NOT caving in to his demands. Houston was no good WITH Watson last season, so let’s see how they’ll do WITHOUT him. BENCH HIM!

  35. Really? At 5 years old after being told it would burn you, you still tried to touch it? I think that says a lot about you when I see 3 year olds be told they cant touch something cause it will hurt them so they stop

  36. What if the Texans are serious that if he will not play for them, he will never play in the NFL again?

  37. midj says:

    March 4, 2021 at 11:28 am

    You know what cracks me up? Those guys on this message board that continue to talk about Deshaun Watson and how important his next paycheck is to him.

    This is the guy who donated his first paycheck as a pro to cafeteria workers of the Texans who lost their houses in a natural disaster (not his tenth paycheck after he bought himself a fancy car; his first!).
    I guess he could care less about money. He has enough, but when he plays he wants to get paid his value. He could work as a TV analyst for college or pro football. The networks and viewers would love his as he is smart.

    Stop talking about money with this guy. He wants to win and that‘s simply impossible with the Texans right now
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    Its no more impossible for them to win now than it was just a few months ago when Watson signed an extension with 73 million guaranteed at signing so yes it’s about the money and yes you have to talk about it. He could have not signed and been franchise tagged when his contract was up and played out the tag years and then hit free agency so he could pick his team but instead he went for the money just a few months ago and now wants to act like hes a free agent and can pick and choose where he plays. This isnt a guy in the last year or 2 of his deal this is a guy who’s extension HASNT even kicked in yet

  38. I believe he will find retirement in his 20’s to be somewhat empty in a very short time. I hope for his sake he can find a fulfilling alternative to playing professional football. Money isn’t everything and all that.

  39. The let him sit crowd just seriously don’t get it. Watson isn’t hit up for money. He will sit if he needs to. They will then have to trade him next offseason anyway for LESS value. Their digging in is asinine.

    Meanwhile this continues to poison the team culture. Players won’t want to go there after seeing this.

    Players want to play for teams that have winning cultures and that respect the players as MEN. This isn’t college football y’all, this is NFL. 3-5 year careers for most players, tops. The stars get 7-10 on average unless you’re a QB or a few other players. The punishment on the body is REAL.

    So if you don’t want to toil away, you can choose to sit. Watson is going to. The question is do the Texans get the haul they should get (2 1sts maybe and players) or do they cut off their nose to spite their face?

    There’s a reason that expression exists. Because there are dum-dumbs like the “let him sit” crowd that will make decisions in their REAL life out of spite, despite the fact that it hurts them.

  40. He’ll be “injured” by week two. Collect a paycheck each week and watch as the Texans leverage drops into the Abyss. Play hardball all you want Houston, you see how that worked out for Jax and Jalen Ramsey.

  41. No matter where you go, well, there you are. An overpaid QB taking up almost a quarter of the salary cap on a team without high draft picks for the foreseeable future.

  42. I see “cancel culture” is coming pretty hard after DeShaun Watson. I wish y’all would be consistent with whether you’re for or against it.

  43. The NFLPA needs to get involved. It’ll be bad for ALL players and good for ALL owners if he sits while under a contract the NFLPA approved. The new reality will be “Why should owners offer and adhere to multimillion $$$ contracts if the players who sign then aren’t held to them simply because of (Enter excuse of the day here).” Owners will use him as THE example as to why they have no incentive to offer big money contracts to anyone.

  44. If the Rams gave up that much for Stafford, they will want too much for Watson and he’s not worth it. I don’t want my Phins giving everything up for him. Build a team around Tua.

  45. Why are players that want out of horrible situations anointed “divas?”

    Ramsey got out of a sinking ship that was on fire, and Watson should try and do the same for the sake of his career.

  46. I am extremely serious about not having to hear about “Deshaun” anymore!!

  47. “Really? At 5 years old after being told it would burn you, you still tried to touch it? I think that says a lot about you when I see 3 year olds be told they cant touch something cause it will hurt them so they stop”

    I think this says more about the culture of helicopter parenting than anything else.

  48. If you sign a guy who will bail out on your team right after being given a lucrative contract, you will get a player who will bail out on your team even after being given a lucrative contract.

  49. Well he won’t get paid. Plain and simple. How did that work for LeVeon Bell?
    He was never the same. A complete afterthought.

  50. Let the dude retire. He’s got a college degree, I’m sure he can find a decent job.

  51. The problem is there just isn’t a big market for 4 win QB’s with terrible attitudes.

  52. touchback6 says:
    March 4, 2021 at 10:53 am
    Brady acting like an entitled Millennial will send this league on its head.

    Hint: Do not cater to primadonna millenials and expect it to work long term.

    —–

    Brady just took a team that missed the postseason the year before to the SB and won it. Brady left a team he to the postseason every year since 2002 (and 2008) and they missed the postseason. I’d say the guy who let his enormous ego bench Malcom Butler and throw away a SB(in which Brady throw for over 500 yards) is the real primadonna

  53. Will this be the new norm in the NFL like it is in the NBA? Sad that a guy who just signed a long term contract can suddenly hold a team hostage over his hurt feelings. They lost with him so I guess they can lose without him. Glad I’m not a Texans fan.

  54. Watson’s chosen a really weird hill to die on. I mean, if he was massively underpaid I would get it, but no QB (except maybe Brady) gets to help run the franchise. Also, sure Houston is dysfunctional, but so are half the teams in the NFL. Why not play your heart out, take home your massive pay, and after the contract you signed expires, go and play for the team of your choice?

  55. Texans won 4 games with him. How much worse can it be without him? Let him sit!!

  56. Watson is young and still has a good 15 years to play. At an average of around $40 million per season (not including inflation), he’ll make around $600 million. Add endorsements and he’s around one billion. Time is on his side. He can do whatever he wants, and the other teams won’t hold it against him. Everyone knows how cooky things are in Houston. I’m thinking the league will force them to sell the franchise.

  57. Does Watson get to keep the $73 million that was guaranteed when he signed?
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    Doubtful. Almost all contracts have protections for the team and the player. Watson has to play to get the guaranteed money.

    Having said that, I’m still confused about why he signed that contract AFTER Houston made that horrible trade with Arizona, giving Watson’s best weapon, Deandre Hopkins to Arizona for some magic beans.

  58. Yes, Watson has made it abundantly clear, several times. It’s time for this soap opera to end, one way or the other.

  59. Apparently Deshaun is seeing Dr. Ramsey for treatment of his back issues…

  60. icouldcareless says:
    March 4, 2021 at 11:08 am
    How many MVP’S has he won? How many years has he led the league in TD’S? Yards? Total QBR? How many Superbowl appearances does he have? Right that would be ZERO.

    —-

    Think you’re missing that this is a team game and that team goes beyond bad all the way up to ownership. That team goes beyond Dumpster Fire. That team creates a new lexicon challenges only perhaps by the Jets in which the very definition of futility is called “The Houston Texans”.

  61. Normally I have sympathy for NFL athletes with non-guaranteed contracts wanting more control of their own destiny.

    But in this case, Watson needs to look in the mirror (or in the direction of his agent).

    No one held a gun to Watson’s head and forced him to re-sign for 4 years, $150 million ($73mm guaranteed). Nor did his contract stipulate that he would be the GM of the team.

    Watson signed this deal less than 6 months ago (AFTER they traded Nuk). Several MONTHS later he realizes that the Texans are a dumpster fire?

    Spare me the crocodile tears. You made your 9-figure bed, DeSean, now lie in it. Or fire your agent if you’re really mad.

  62. If he had not signed that contract a few months ago I’d be on Watson’s side cause the Texans are a mess. BUT, he DID sign that contract and now he realizes it was a mistake. Live with hit and make your money. There have been many good QB’s that were stuck on bad teams for the majority, if not all, of their careers. What makes you special? NOTHING!!

  63. Well Ramsey and Watson share the same agent and Ramsey’s back injury/hold out hasn’t damaged his reputation.

    I can see history repeating itself. Easterby and McNair are praying for God to solve their Watson problem rather than dealing with it.

  64. The Texans have managed this horribly. If they promised to allow Watson a voice in hiring then reneged on that, well, that’s bad management with your franchise QB. There’s a lot about this that we don’t know about. It’s not possibly as simple as “you didn’t consider my guy for HC so I’m sitting out”.

    Oh, and Houston just released their starting center who is a good player. What kind of message does that send?

    I don’t get all the bitterness against Watson. He’s a good guy and has done a lot in the community. Houston seems to have a pretty toxic environment. It’s not good enough to say “you signed a contract so shut up and play”. That’s a pretty narrow view.

  65. Make him sit out and don’t pay him. Ask L Bell how that worked out long term

  66. Think about how bad of a business leader you have to be get an employee so pissed off he won’t come to work and he’s prepared to bypass $16,000,000 because he despises the organization so much.

  67. I feel like both the texans and the team that trades for watson could loose out in this situation bc team that gives up a ton will loose the future and the texans unless they hit with top draft pic will waste all the pics

  68. Unless they decide to burn Watson’s finger.

    Look the dude signed a contract, return won’t go down if he’s not playing for a year, I don’t think the return substantially goes down for at least another year.

    They can wait it out, and they likely will.

  69. “Basically, the Texans appear to be the five-year-old version of me. We’re all telling them what’s going to happen if they draw a line in the sand with Watson, but maybe they need to experience it before they realize that what they’re being told is true.”
    ————

    Maybe they should let him holdout and eventually honor his contract?

  70. “Surely you can’t be extremely serious.”

    “I am extremely serious, and don’t call me Shirley.”

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