Texans still want too much for Deshaun Watson

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The Texans made it known promptly after quarterback Deshaun Watson reported for training camp that they’re willing to trade him. The problem was, and still is, that they want too much for him.

Per a league source, the Texans still haven’t softened their trade expectations for Watson, despite the lingering uncertainty regarding his career.

It’s an odd position, given that teams are reluctant to acquire Watson given the possibility that he’ll be indicted by a grand jury, tried on criminal charges, and potentially convicted.

The latest twist comes courtesy of Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, who reported on Thursday night that the Texans have stopped returning phone calls from teams interested in Watson. That’s quite possibly because the Texans are sick of getting lowballed for Watson.

And so the Texans are stuck. They have Watson. He wants out. They apparently want him out. They owe him $10 million this year and $35 million in 2022. If he’s indicted, he likely will land on paid leave.

32 responses to “Texans still want too much for Deshaun Watson

  1. Everybody keeps saying the Stafford deal set the bar but it really didn’t. It was way too much for LA to give up and literally nobody else is giving the Texans or any other team a haul like that for Watson or anybody else. The Texans would be lucky to get a 1st a 3rd and a maybe a player. But don’t go asking for 2 firsts.

  2. And how much of the criminal activity involving Watson is made up by his team to force a trade.

  3. They’re gambling that some team will crack and give them at least close to what they’re asking for. Of course that strategy could end up backfiring big time.

  4. Texans should hold their stance. He’s only 25. So he sits this year for discipline reasons. Age 26 you have your franchise QB
    Some desperate team will give them either 3 firsts or 2 firsts and a second. Every team does not have a franchise QB. Not enough to go around

  5. The Texans are a terribly ran organization. They are easily the worst team in football and that starts up top with the owner. The NFL should have a rule in place that after 10 years of dysfunction the owner should have to sell. Other owners are losing money with the Texans not producing better results.

  6. I mean, if Trey Lance is worth three 1st round picks, then DeShaun Watson is worth at least six

  7. If he is convicted, will the team still owe him the money? Maybe they are betting on that

  8. First round picks are not worth the risk. My team has busted 4/5 in the last 5 years alone. Think of the players they could have gotten instead via trade. Now they have nothing for those picks. Trade them all for all I care. Get proven players. You telling me the colts are having remorse giving up 1 first for Buckner? Steelers when they got fitz? Bills and diggs? Rams and Ramsey? Rams and stafford?

  9. It’s an odd position, given that teams are reluctant to acquire Watson given the possibility that he’ll be indicted by a grand jury, tried on criminal charges, and potentially convicted.
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    This is a terrible point. If teams are reluctant to acquire Watson, the move is simple: don’t call the Texans. Its not like Houston is shopping the guy. At this point, even the secretary knows not to pick up if its a Philadelphia area code.

  10. Cousins for Watson and a second rounder. Best part is that you only have him for one more year. Plus, Cousins will have a place in Texas given his stance on vaccines.

  11. Trade him and get what you can for him and move on. They will be drafting at the top of the draft again so they should be able to get their hands on another franchise QB

  12. Imagine Watson getting traded for three first rounders. Can you see it? ……Me neither

  13. The business will look at it this way: $10m this year to hold the asset is not a big deal. $35 million next year, yes, then it’s becomes a pressing problem. Worst case he gets convicted, then they can void his contract. He doesn’t, they can trade him and get a bounty. They should have balanced the risk and already traded him but missed the window.

  14. The Texans are a terribly ran organization. They are easily the worst team in football and that starts up top with the owner. The NFL should have a rule in place that after 10 years of dysfunction the owner should have to sell. Other owners are losing money with the Texans not producing better results.
    Arizona Cardinals====Hold my beer…

  15. Right now, every team is a Super Bowl contender. Midway through the season, or right around the end of Watson’s suspension, at least eight teams will be bidding for Watson. Texans don’t need to answer the phone now if they want the best deal for Watson.

  16. They didn’t want to trade him before all of the massage stuff came to light and now they already took the PR hit his new team would take. I think they still don’t want to trade him. It’s tough to tank in football with a good QB, but that team could turn it around quick if they lose a ton of games while Watson is suspended and they get a top draft pick. I think it’s best case scenario for them for Watson to lose all of his leverage like he did.

  17. gjv001 says:
    August 6, 2021 at 7:10 am
    Right now, every team is a Super Bowl contender. . .
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    Not the Texans

  18. Nobody’s going to give up much for this dude. Management is in denial about this guy because he’s a hot tamale right now. If mgmt had any sense they would get what they can for Watson and move on to TRY and save their franchise and let another team deal with Watson’s perversions, which seem to be many.

  19. When the owner allows a character coach who belongs on the sidelines of a college team with pom poms become the director of football operations, this what happens.

  20. Does anyone believe the Texans would know what to do with three first round picks?

  21. Three first round picks and some is not too much for a top 5 QB in his prime. These allegations will blow over eventually. Texans are smart for not trading Watson for pennies on the dollar. People seem to think that O’brein is still running the show in Houston.

  22. @ dualprime

    “Does anyone believe the Texans would know what to do with three first round picks?”

    The Texans have drafted 18 players in the first round of the draft.

    Exceptional Players drafted in the 1st round by the Texans.

    Andre Johnson, Mario William, Duane Brown, JJ Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, DeShaun Watson – 6 players

    Good but not great players drafted by the Texans in the 1st round.

    Danta Robinson, Jason Babin, Brian Cushing, Kareem Jackson, Whitney Mercilus, Jadeveon Clowney – 6 players

    Too early to tell – drafted in the 1st round by the Texans

    Will Fuller, Tytus Howard – 2 players

    Busts drafted in the 1st round by the Texans

    David Carr, who does have a Super Bowl Ring, Travis Johnson, Amobi Okoye, Kevin Johnson – 4 players

    I think this list proves the Texans would know what to do with (3) first round picks, hitting home runs on 6 of 18 – 33%, doubles on 6 of 18 – 33%, which would produce (1) exceptional player, (1) good but not great player, and 1 bust/still to early to tell pick!

  23. Texans aren’t stuck.
    It’s Watson who’s stuck.

    NFL franchises are some of the wealthiest corporations in the world.
    Watson, once viewed as one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league, is facing criminal charges and a tarnished legacy.

    Watson thought he was better than the Texans and wanted to force a trade. Now he’s reporting for camp to collect his money and playing 4th string quarterback.

    Texans would rather squat on Watson and ruin his career than get a few draft picks. They might as well make-up. Maybe they are a good match after all.

  24. “And how much of the criminal activity involving Watson is made up by his team to force a trade.”
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    So, your theory is they would sabotage Watson and totally destroy his trade value thus assuring they’d get the short end of any trade? That is literally the last thing they’d do.

  25. Watson isn’t worth the leaky water bucket you just threw on the trash pile. Please please please somebody tell me WHY he’s worth anything? And you have to counter these points:

    1) Other than rack up very impressive MADDEN numbers what has he actual won as a starting QB? Mark Sanchez, YES MARK SANCHEZ, had a better record as a starter in his first 4 years.
    2) If he is not a proven winner (that means a decent record in playoff games which he doesn’t have) how is he worth that contract he has?
    3) And please explain to me how this guy is not a lightening rod as a PR nightmare?

    So if you are running an ESport team you might want him, otherwise NOT!

  26. Watson is a top 5 QB but will not have a hot market so long as potential criminal charges are looming. Until then teams will not offer multiple high picks. Until we have more facts and/or a civil settlement a trade involving three firsts [or two] seems very unlikely.

  27. Why do you think Watson is a top 5 QB? He’s never been in MVP consideration and he has the same number of playoff wins as Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott and Baker Mayfield. He’s a middle of the pack QB.

    Real top 5:

    Mahomes
    Rodgers
    Wilson
    Allen
    Brady

  28. @ ishudbgm

    “The Texans are a terribly ran organization. They are easily the worst team in football and that starts up top with the owner. The NFL should have a rule in place that after 10 years of dysfunction the owner should have to sell. Other owners are losing money with the Texans not producing better results.”

    The Texans have won the AFC South 6 of the last 10 years.

    The Texans have sold out every home game they have ever played.

    And you think the Texans are a terrible ran organization??? Really!

    Most of the teams in the NFL would love to have won their division 6 out of the last 10 years!

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