David Culley: Texans are “day to day” with Deshaun Watson’s roster status

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After Saturday night’s preseason game against the Buccaneers, Texans coach David Culley wasn’t asked about the latest news and reports and rumors regarding quarterback Deshaun Watson. On Monday, Culley was asked whether Watson will consume one of the spots on the team’s 53-man roster.

Said Culley, via Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chroncle, “We’re day to day with that.”

Indeed they are, and the days are running short. By tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. ET, the Texans have to trim the roster from 80. They can trade him by then, or they can put him on the final roster before (presumably) stashing him on the revocable version of injured reserve.

Even if they clear him off the 53-man roster via IR, they’ll be paying him $10.54 million to not play for the Texans in 2021. That continues to be the fundamental question to which we don’t know the answer. Will owner Cal McNair happily cut large checks on a weekly basis to a player who: (1) wants out; (2) doesn’t want to play; (2) can’t be traded for full value because of a slew of allegations of sexual misconduct are pending against him?

They fact that Culley called the situation as “day to day” confirms in a roundabout way that anything is possible, including a trade. And tomorrow is one of the key days on the path toward a final resolution. While tomorrow isn’t the deadline for a trade, it’s the deadline for getting the roster to 53. And if the Texans don’t trade him, they’ll basically be moving forward with one fewer player on the team than every other franchise, because they’ll be holding a spot for a guy who will never play for them again.

10 responses to “David Culley: Texans are “day to day” with Deshaun Watson’s roster status

  1. Isn’t another possibility to keep him on active roster and tell him he is playing? If he refuses, keep fining him and get the money back that way.

  2. I have always felt that NFL/Player Contracts were very favorable to the team. However, in the Watson case, it seems Watson has total control. It appears that he can refuse to play and still get paid his full contract.

  3. Id bet there would be a grievance by the nflpa if they put Watson on IR with no injury and Watson stated he has no injury and has done everything the club has asked(which is what they recently said of him)

  4. The Texans are like George Costanza .. if they just did the opposite of whatever they normally do.. they’d win the Super Bowl

  5. What if they get a player back in trade? Doesnt that make the 53 man cut down a moot point?

  6. They will put him on the shelf and trade him in the offseason. They don’t want him to get hurt and ruin his value in a trade.

  7. rachelfootball says:
    August 30, 2021 at 8:55 pm
    They will put him on the shelf and trade him in the offseason. They don’t want him to get hurt and ruin his value in a trade.
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    “They don’t want him to get hurt and ruin his trade value”?

    Now that’s HILARIOUS! Watson’s already taken care of that on his own.

  8. I’ll say it loud for the slow folks…THEY DONT CARE ABOUT THE 10 MILLION…they just paid 7 MILLION to Shaq Lawson and traded him for a 6th…

  9. Smartest thing for both of them would be for the Texans and Watson to agree to him playing at least for a little bit. It’d force the NFL to declare if he is or isn’t suspended currently and it’d let trade partners see if he’s in shape and guage how bad the PR hit would be for playing him. If that all worked out it’d improve his trade stock. And given it’s near zero now they wouldn’t have a whole lot to lose.

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