Nick Caserio on possible Deshaun Watson trade: We’ll do what’s best for the organization

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When Texans G.M. Nick Caserio first addressed the possibility of a trade of quarterback Deshaun Watson, during the press conference that introduced coach David Culley, Caserio didn’t talk as if he had slammed the door on the possibility. Now, after circumstances have change dramatically regarding Watson from an off-field perspective, Caserio passed on a clear opportunity to say, unequivocally, that Watson is and will be a Texan.

Asked by Albert Breer of SI.com whether Watson will be traded, Caserio said, “I think we’ll take it one day at a time, and everything is pretty fluid here and we’ll adjust as we go. And ultimately, I think we’ll do what we feel is best for the Houston Texans organizationally.”

Asked more specifically whether this means Caserio is open to trading Watson, Caserio said, “I think ultimately we’ll do what we feel is best for the organization.”

Watson’s legal issues — 19 sexual assault lawsuits and counting — make it more difficult to discern what’s best for the team. For now, no one will make a significant offer for Watson’s contract, not with the legal process in the early stages and the looming possibility of a league suspension and/or criminal charges.

Then there’s the risk that Watson will land on the Commissioner Exempt list, requiring whoever employs him to pay him more than $10 million to not play in 2021, if Watson remains in that status for the full season.

Thus, even though Caserio didn’t say Watson won’t be traded, all options must remain on the table because these off-field realities for Watson can unfold in many different ways. The sooner he finds a way to accept a reckoning, to resolve the cases to the satisfaction of all involved, and to move forward with his career, the sooner the Texans and the rest of the league’s teams will have clarity as to Watson’s status. For now, however, there’s no simple path out of a legal maze that, with each additional lawsuit, becomes even more convoluted.

15 responses to “Nick Caserio on possible Deshaun Watson trade: We’ll do what’s best for the organization

  1. Why did he leave the Pats for that job? Very dumb move by a seemingly very intelligent guy.

  2. So what if Watson gets traded to a team of his choosing and gets to have a say in personnel…he’s still got 20 lawsuits to deal with. And the added burden of having to fly back to Houston to go to court.

  3. Never quite understand or agree with those players still being fully paid, after put on the Commissioner’s exemption list. I think they should be allowed to keep a percentage (15-25%) of their pay but the rest held in escrow until final decision on whatever issue has been made.

  4. He’s clearly acted in a manner that is detrimental to the organization, so from that standpoint they should suspend him immediately for said violation of the personal conduct policy. By suspending him for conduct detrimental to the organization they could void his guaranteed money, and then simply cut him, and be done with the situation instead of holding out hope that another organization is going to actually still be interested in giving up something for a guy that is now damaged goods

  5. “I think we’ll do what we feel is best for the Houston Texans organizationally.” – given the Texans history of good decision making, i doubt it.

  6. The Texans have went on meltdown mode for the last two seasons, going to take 5 or more years to get this organization back on track

  7. Why would he take this job when he was with the Patriots? Dumb move it seems, he has his hands full!

  8. I’m still wondering if Watson’s current contract has a “morals” clause. Most contracts do I believe and I’m thinking that will be an “out” for the Texans if all this BS is somehow proven true.

  9. Never understood why the exempt list entitles you to full salary. Give a small percentage until the charges are proven or dropped, then adjust as necessary. Not much of a punishment getting paid in full to sit home.

  10. Translation: “We’d love to trade him, but no one is offering anything.”

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