Texans playing “chicken” with possible trade of Deshaun Watson, who is hoping for a trade

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The Texans want what they want in a potential trade for quarterback Deshaun Watson. If they don’t get it, they’ll be paying him $10.54 million for 2021.

As one league source described it on Sunday, Houston are playing a game of “chicken” regarding a potential Watson trade. If no one blinks, and if the Texans don’t reduce their demands, they’ll be stuck paying him to not play this season.

Watson, we’re told, hopes a trade will happen. The Dolphins continue to be the frontrunners to land him. But three first-round picks and two second-round picks won’t get it done. The question becomes whether and to what extent the Texans will accept less, and whether the Dolphins (or someone else) will meet the Texans in the middle.

The biggest unknown as it relates to the Texans is who’s making the call? G.M. Nick Caserio may not mind a money-for-nothing season with Watson, if it helps Caserio get what he wants in March 2022. Ownership may feel differently.

However it plays out, the Texans are getting dangerously close to the point where decisions must be made. The decision is whether they’ll take whatever they can get now, or whether they’ll pay him $10.54 million to not play this season and hope to get more later.

9 responses to “Texans playing “chicken” with possible trade of Deshaun Watson, who is hoping for a trade

  1. Decisions are often made from a single perspective…ignorance, they simply do not know, they have no frame of reference.

  2. Texans would be lucky to get a first and second round pick for Watson. There is no team giving them anything near what they’re asking for. Once he gets suspended for the season they will come to their senses.

  3. Even before the sexual allegations, the Texans were never in a position of strength to make the trade. Watson made it known that he would never take another snap with the Texans. With that knowledge, why would any team pay the asking price?

  4. any team that trades for this guy before his legal and nfl jeopardy are decided will regret it.

  5. I’m guessing the rumors coming out that the dolphins are the front runners are coming from the texans camp.

  6. I think the Texans should stand their ground on the compensation they want for Watson. Anything less is thinking way too short term. FACT 1: The team that is trading for Watson will be getting a franchise quarterback under their control through 2027 at the very least (assuming franchise tagged twice). FACT 2: Whatever legal issues he has now will eventually be resolved at some point in the future well before then. FACT 3: He will play football again (presumably at a high level).

    What he does or doesn’t do in 2021 doesn’t have much bearing on the overall picture.

  7. I don’t understand why it would be paying him $10 million to not play. If he just refuses to play, they don’t have to pay him, do they?

  8. I’m sure it’s well past this being possible but the smartest thing they could do is have a sitdown with Watson and agree it’s in both their best interests for him to play at least for a little while. Teams are wondering if the NFL hasn’t already secretly suspended him and they’d like to see he’s still in shape and looking good. It’d also provide a good measuring stick of just how bad the PR hit would be from playing him. Assuming the NFL let him play and mobs with pitchforks didn’t burn down Texans headquarters his trade value would probably rise considerably from where it is now.

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