Texans apparently are trying to get more teams to the table for Deshaun Watson

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In late August, rumors intensified of a looming trade that would send quarterback Deshaun Watson from the Texans to the Dolphins. Ultimately, the Texans and Dolphins couldn’t strike a deal on compensation.

Now, the Texans reportedly could trade Watson to the Dolphins by the end of the week. If that information is coming from the Texans, the motivation is obvious. If any other teams will be coming to the table, now is the time to do it.

In the aftermath of the report from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that the long-awaited Texans-Dolphins transaction could be happening this week, TheAthletic.com reported that the Texans also have spoken to the Eagles and Panthers about a deal.

The Eagles have remained on the fringes of a potential Watson trade, a possibility that has intensified as the Eagles gather more evidence to suggest that Jalen Hurts won’t be the franchise quarterback they covet. A few weeks ago, the Panthers were undefeated and likely out of consideration. With the team slumping and owner David Tepper obsessed with getting a franchise quarterback, a possible trade for Watson slides back onto the table.

The Broncos, frankly, also should be thinking about it, given the current performance of their quarterbacks.

Regardless of which teams are eventually at the table, the Texans know that if they can make one of them (like the Dolphins) think that someone else (like the Eagles or Panthers) will snatch Watson before Miami can do the deal, the Texans will get more for Watson’s contract.

Weeks ago, we said that the Dolphins should just give the Texans what they want and be done with it. Unused draft picks have great value until they’re used. Based on the picks the Dolphins have used in recent years, the Dolphins need to realize that it’s far better to acquire the proven commodity.

With the team losing five in a row and Tua Tagovailoa showing that he’s not likely to become a franchise quarterback, either, a Watson trade also could save G.M. Chris Grier and/or coach Brian Flores.

The only person that matters with Miami is owner Stephen Ross. He wants Watson. And American oligarchs tend to get what they want. The oligarch in Houston is trying to make the oligarch in New York who owns the football team in Miami think that the oligarch in New Jersey who owns the football team in Carolina or the oligarch in Philadelphia or some other oligarch will get there first.

That’s the reason for Wednesday’s report. That’s why the operative word is “could.” It becomes “will” only if Ross blinks. The Texans are still trying to get him to do that.

55 responses to “Texans apparently are trying to get more teams to the table for Deshaun Watson

  1. TBH I think they should be happy to have ONE team ready to talk given his situation and what they’re asking for. :/

  2. I just don’t see how anyone pulls the trigger on a trade for Watson until his legal issues are resolved (if they are). And even if there are no charges filed, who knows what arbitrary punishment Goodell decides to dish out. Legal issues aside, he hasn’t played in almost a year, he won’t be ready to start before week 10 anyways at best, so it’s not like any team is in rush to get him. Let’s face it, whoever wants him has no interest in the rest of this season.

  3. So, will he get suspended or put on the Commissioner’s exempt list as soon as he’s traded?

  4. Unless teams have some inside information on Watson’s case, NO ONE is trading for him now. There is going to be no trade until the offseason, if at all. Houston just trying to drum up interest..

  5. Dolphin fans know we will acquire Watson and likely set the franchise back another 10 years.

    Welcome to the football World of Stephen Ross.

  6. Or MAYBE the Dolphins aren’t really “at the table” at all, and the reporting by everyone on this has been off from the get-go.

    Also, in this story, it says the Broncos need to be at the table. Why? If Watson is going to Miami, and you’re not sold on Tua (from the story: “With the team losing five in a row and Tua Tagovailoa showing that he’s not likely to become a franchise quarterback, either,” then why do the Broncos have to be at the table?

    Tua just had his best game as a Dolphin. Watson’s legal situation is 52-card-pick-up at best right now. No one in their right mind would trade for a quarterback who is just as likely to be in an orange jumpsuit next fall as he is to be at training camp.

    This feels like a lot of conjecture by the media, all of it.

  7. I can only imagine the backlash any of these team owners will get when the trade goes through and Watson gets on the field. Is winning more important than having a terrible person on the team?

    I doubt they get any kind of guarantee that Goodell will not suspend him as soon as he is activated. Though innocent until proven guilty, it is still not good optics until these issues are settled.

  8. You know how all of this nonsense could’ve been avoided? If the Dolphins had just taken Justin Herbert–clearly the better prospect at the time–with the 5th pick in 2020. But Chris Grier blew it, and now the Dolphins are (again!) buried neck-deep in a pile turds, brought on by their own patented form of mismanagement.

  9. Watson is one of the top 5 QB’s in the league. By the end of this season many teams would love to acquire him. The Texans have a real big time asset. Unless they get an offer they can’t refuse, they should slow play this.

  10. Nobody wants to come to the table other than the Dolphins. The sooner you get rid of this guy, the better. Caserio is going to try and squeeze so much out of this balloon it’s going to pop and he’s going to be left with nothing. Get him off your team and take the draft picks and Tua.

  11. Thank you for using the appropriate terminology. These owners are oligarchs. The NFL is an oligarchy.

  12. The Texans sound like somebody trying to sell a car online. Steep asking price and the threat of seriously interested people coming to look at it if you don’t act fast.

  13. Just heard several reports that the Dolphins rumor of imminent deal are FALSE. This is just the media looking to try and “scoop” each other and get clicks. NO TEAM is trading for someone that could be suspended and/or in jail by the time next season rolls around.

  14. Trust me if Vick can come back they’ll let Watson come back and people will cheer when he runs onto the field. We have collective and selective amnesia

  15. Watson has a no trade clause and last I heard, he wanted no part of my Eagles. And who could blame him? The Eagles have become a puppet regime in the hands of an unqualified GM living out his dream of playing fantasy football together with his benefactor, the team’s delusional owner.

  16. cjmcfootball says:
    October 21, 2021 at 9:37 am
    So, will he get suspended or put on the Commissioner’s exempt list as soon as he’s traded?
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    With the way the NFL operates, the answer to that depends on which team ponies up for his services.

  17. As long as there are pending issues regarding Watson on a massage table I can’t imagine too many teams coming to the table to discuss a trade.

  18. These reports don’t really mesh together very well from a logic standpoint. If the Texans are dead set on getting tons of draft picks why would the Dolphins be willing to put up that much when they’re apparently the only team interested? And unless the Texans are going to drop the asking price what incentive do the Dolphins have to do a deal right now? There are major reasons to wait for his legal situation to become clearer and the Texans would almost certainly need to make concessions to do a deal now.

  19. soflaken says:
    October 21, 2021 at 9:56 am
    You know how all of this nonsense could’ve been avoided? If the Dolphins had just taken Justin Herbert–clearly the better prospect at the time–with the 5th pick in 2020. But Chris Grier blew it, and now the Dolphins are (again!) buried neck-deep in a pile turds, brought on by their own patented form of mismanagement.

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    And the Pats have Mac Jones. lol!

  20. neecolemullen says:
    October 21, 2021 at 10:31 am
    Trust me if Vick can come back they’ll let Watson come back and people will cheer when he runs onto the field. We have collective and selective amnesia
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    Apples to bowling balls. Vick came back AFTER serving his punishment.. no one knows if/when that will happen with Watson, until that is made clear NO ONE is trading for him…

  21. They are using the Dolphins as pawns. They know the trade deadline is around the corner, and the Dolphins story is all they have to get the team’s calling. I don’t buy the Dolphins trading away all their assets for a player with question marks. They might have made a trade like this year’s ago, but they value draft capital now.

  22. Texans should have activated Watson every week this season to force the NFL’s hand when it comes to his punishment…he’d have more value if he had 6 games of his suspension under his belt.

  23. If Keenum looks competent tonight, the Browns will be at that table. They have seen enough of Baker.

  24. soflaken says:

    October 21, 2021 at 9:56 am

    You know how all of this nonsense could’ve been avoided? If the Dolphins had just taken Justin Herbert–clearly the better prospect at the time–with the 5th pick in 2020. But Chris Grier blew it, and now the Dolphins are (again!) buried neck-deep in a pile turds, brought on by their own patented form of mismanagement
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    Well that’s not true at all. At the time Tua was thought of as the higher prospect, til his injury all that you heard from fans the year before was “Tank for Tua” and he was expected to be the #1 pick til Burrow played lights out and came out of nowhere. Leading up to the draft and even in his 1st few starts last year the question on Herbert was whether or not he would be able to operate under center since he played exclusively in the shotgun so to now say that Herbert was “clearly the better prospect” is the same ridiculousness you see here all the time as fans try to make things up/change history to fit their narrative.

  25. If you had an investment company investing your assets, and they mismanaged them the way the Texans have done with Watson, you’d have fired them long ago. Watson made it clear to them that he wanted out, a long time before any of the allegations started surfacing. But then I’m assuming the people involved actually are trying. That’s probably my mistake. Nobody in the front office has been fired. I certainly haven’t seen anything from Houston that suggests they’re trying to be competitive on the field. In fact, the opposite is more apparent. And that answers a lot of questions about why Watson wanted out in the first place. We’re quick to accuse someone of being the bad guy. But then we go back to the fact that no police reports were ever filed on any of the allegations against Watson. No criminal charges have been brought forward. The owner of the team is neighbors with the attorney who made contact with all the women involved. Watson wanted everything out in the open, and they wanted everything kept secret. Just a lot of unanswered questions. Might even be some questions we don’t want to have the answers to. My question would be when does the league step in and force the sale of the team? Is that legal, or possible? I mean, I imagine everything is being directed from the top.

  26. If Miami goes with the deal it will be FOUR YEARS before they can have a meaningful draft again. A true team killer of a deal.

  27. Sometimes you just want to use the word “oligarch”.

    “American oligarchs tend to get what they want. The oligarch in Houston is trying to make the oligarch in New York who owns the football team in Miami think that the oligarch in New Jersey who owns the football team in Carolina or the oligarch in Philadelphia or some other oligarch will get there first.”

  28. Just take two # 1s and Tuna if possible and be done with it. Don’t get greedy. …..the Fins can deal with Watsons headaches

  29. charliecharger says:
    October 21, 2021 at 11:28 am
    But then we go back to the fact that no police reports were ever filed on any of the allegations against Watson. No criminal charges have been brought forward. The owner of the team is neighbors with the attorney who made contact with all the women involved.
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    Congratulations, you managed hit on every crazy conspiracy theory. Too bad that you are wrong on every count. Obviously police reports have been filed because prosecutors are investigating. Criminal charges may, and probably will, be brought after the investigation. And to think that the owner and attorney living in the same neighborhood is proof of some type of collusion is simply the height of buffoonery.

  30. charliecharger says:
    October 21, 2021 at 11:28 am
    If you had an investment company investing your assets, and they mismanaged them the way the Texans have done with Watson, you’d have fired them long ago. Watson made it clear to them that he wanted out, a long time before any of the allegations started surfacing. But then I’m assuming the people involved actually are trying. That’s probably my mistake. Nobody in the front office has been fired. I certainly haven’t seen anything from Houston that suggests they’re trying to be competitive on the field. In fact, the opposite is more apparent. And that answers a lot of questions about why Watson wanted out in the first place. We’re quick to accuse someone of being the bad guy. But then we go back to the fact that no police reports were ever filed on any of the allegations against Watson. No criminal charges have been brought forward. The owner of the team is neighbors with the attorney who made contact with all the women involved. Watson wanted everything out in the open, and they wanted everything kept secret. Just a lot of unanswered questions. Might even be some questions we don’t want to have the answers to. My question would be when does the league step in and force the sale of the team? Is that legal, or possible? I mean, I imagine everything is being directed from the top.

    1. You’ve got a lot of bad information. Bob McNair and the attorney are not neighbors. They lived in the same neighborhood. Bob is dead. Cal is the owner now.

    2. Watson didn’t ask for a trade until the day Culley was hired. It also came out that Watson we he was going to be sued prior to that. It was probably his main motivation. He said he wasn’t involved in the decisions about a new head coach and GM, but he was…Cal took him out to two dinners to get his opinions. The lawsuits in houston are his main motivation for wanting to get out, all 22 of them.

    3. Criminal behavior complaints were filed with HPD, by more than half of the women. It is still under investigation, there are multiple states involved because during federal and state Covid protocol, he illegally flew women in. He basically solicited prostitution.

    4. The league may feel that he has already served a 6 game suspension.

  31. Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston. He’s seen such spectacle of mismanagement, he’s ready to leave. He couldn’t believe losing Hopkins et al, he knows this franchise isn’t interested in winning. He has seen HOF teammates leave to find success elsewhere. When you are a true competitor like Deshaun, he just wants to win. And when all these sexual allegations arise, with no police activity, could there have been a blackmail or something?? When you’re an oligarch, you can afford to do somethings when your player says that he never playing for you again.

  32. It would take a real idiot of an owner to take on the pirah that Watson is (at the moment, should have settled everything) and a NFL PR nightmare. Though, Gruden would be happy, just like Urban was that the owner (or what ever fall guy has to talk to the press) to take of the mantel of moron of the moment for the NFL press.

    Don’t see Lurie or Tepper willing to take on that type of risk and PR crap for all those picks. The moral less teams like Seattle, KC, Dallas, Giants, Raiders and Miami are about the only real choices. 3 of those teams and maybe 4 (the one with the unhappy QB) do need an upgrade at QB.

  33. Leave it up to Florio to use a fancy word like “oligarch” multiple times in an article. Kudos Mike!

  34. Any general manager or owner who would make a trade for Watson, given what the Texans are asking for him, is an idiot. What is it, two 1st round picks and two 2nd round picks for a quarterback who hasn’t played in a year and may not ever take another snap in the NFL, what with his legal troubles? Look at what they did to Gruden, and all he did was send some offensive emails. Watson is accused of sexually assaulting massage therapists, 27 by last count.

    It reminds me of 1994, when the 49ers beat the Cowboys in the conference championship and went on to win the Super Bowl. Jerry Jones was so incensed that he signed Deion Sanders to a $35 million contract. The result? Well, Dallas did win the Super Bowl in 1995, with Larry Brown as MVP. But Deions exhorbitant contract caused sixteen players, drafted and developed by Landry and Johnson to flee in free agency. It hollowed out the team. The Cowboys, even with Aikman, Emmitt, Irvin, and Sanders, haven’t advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs since.

    You build a team by drafting well, not through trades or free agency. To trade away valuable draft picks for a damaged quarterback like Watson is lunacy. Save your picks and draft a quarterback, then build a team around him.

  35. So this is how much time young QBs on mediocre teams get to “prove” themselves, now? Darnold has done enough to show that he deserves more time – does the loss of McCaffrey not impact his performance? Is Hurts really the problem in Philly (the same as Trubisky was the problem in Chicago)? Remember Aikman and Peyton had truly awful first seasons – these days they would’ve been jettisoned before developing into what they became.

    We always hear that NFL QB is the hardest position in sports…oh, but if this young guy doesn’t have it mastered after 6 games he’s a bust? That’s absolutely insane. And let’s not forget that QBs get too much praise for wins and too much criticism for losses.

    It’s a team effort (including the coaches) – none of these young QBs should be made the scapegoats for the rest of their teams’ faults, but it happens all the time.

  36. Tua not a franchise QB? Sounds like someone doesn’t do much research. TT has solid stats through only 13 nfl games. One is >64% completion % and 2 to1 TD to Interception ratio. The team and franchise are no help and TT will show out once provided with right cast

  37. It seems unlikely to mee that Watson is traded during this season. Too much uncertainty.

    A team acquiring him would want to make him active and start. That will likely bring on the commissioner’s reserve list even though he hasn’t been arrested or charged with anything yet. The NFL is driven by PR considerations and the Ray Rice debacle almost got Goodell fired so he’s unlikely to wait this time. Only reason Watson isn’t already there is Houston has kept him as a healthy scratch this season.

    Given the allegations against Watson, he’s likely to be charged with crimes such as sexual assault. He’s at serious risk of prison time and being officially labeled as a sexual predator. He may be able to plea bargain out of those crimes with civil settlements. But maybe not too. That’s a big risk for a team trading for him.

    I don’t think he’ll be traded until his legal situation is resolved and that isn’t likely until a date after next year’s draft.

  38. Everyone is not talking about the no trade clause in his contract.
    Watson decides where he goes. Not the Texans

  39. I’m guessing that bringing more teams to the table isn’t so much about inflating the asking price as reducing the conditions attached. As in – you three teams all want him, so who can pay the price with no strings attached?

  40. touchback6 says:
    October 21, 2021 at 10:54 am
    soflaken says:
    October 21, 2021 at 9:56 am
    You know how all of this nonsense could’ve been avoided? If the Dolphins had just taken Justin Herbert–clearly the better prospect at the time–with the 5th pick in 2020. But Chris Grier blew it, and now the Dolphins are (again!) buried neck-deep in a pile turds, brought on by their own patented form of mismanagement.

    17 4 Rate This

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    And the Pats have Mac Jones. lol!
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    lol is right……

  41. charliecharger says:

    October 21, 2021 at 11:28 am

    If you had an investment company investing your assets, and they mismanaged them the way the Texans have done with Watson, you’d have fired them long ago. Watson made it clear to them that he wanted out, a long time before any of the allegations started surfacing. But then I’m assuming the people involved actually are trying. That’s probably my mistake. Nobody in the front office has been fired. I certainly haven’t seen anything from Houston that suggests they’re trying to be competitive on the field. In fact, the opposite is more apparent. And that answers a lot of questions about why Watson wanted out in the first place. We’re quick to accuse someone of being the bad guy. But then we go back to the fact that no police reports were ever filed on any of the allegations against Watson. No criminal charges have been brought forward. The owner of the team is neighbors with the attorney who made contact with all the women involved. Watson wanted everything out in the open, and they wanted everything kept secret. Just a lot of unanswered questions. Might even be some questions we don’t want to have the answers to. My question would be when does the league step in and force the sale of the team? Is that legal, or possible? I mean, I imagine everything is being directed from the top
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    Wrong again Charlie! Watson didnt make it clear he wanted out long before the allegations, he signed a MASSIVE contract then within the year wanted out. If it was so dysfunctional all the time then he shouldnt have signed the extension, cant have it both ways.

  42. Watson has a no-trade clause, he said he will not waive that clause for an Eagles Trade (thank you!).

    As an Eagles fan, as long as the Dolphins continue sucking, I am good with it since the Eagles have the Dolphins 2022 first round pick. 🙂

    So, trade for Watson then let Goodell put him on the commissioners exempt list for the season while his legal whoas get worked out.

  43. So, um I couldn’t be happier I didnt see a certain word in this article. Lions. Understand why other fan bases MIGhT hope their team pursues this. I’m endlessly happy we aren’t.

  44. skcusoirolf says:
    Everyone is not talking about the no trade clause in his contract.
    Watson decides where he goes. Not the Texans
    ==

    Technically yes, realistically no.
    Yes, he has a no-trade clause. He’s also made it clear he will not take the field for the Texans again. He reported to camp to avoid fines, but flatly refuses to play.
    If there were multiple aggressive bidders for his services Deshaun Watson could choose his destination. There are not. I personally believe the Dolphins scenario is a case of Houston trying to manipulate a last-second deal and there may be NO realistic trade partners at this time.
    Bottom line: With all his legal issues, combined with Houston’s high asking price, the no-trade clause is practically moot. Watson has three choices: 1. Play for the Texans; 2. Hold out indefinitely, then eventually return to a team that will still own his rights for four years; 3.Report to and play for whatever team is willing meet the Texans’ asking price, regardless of whether it’s a preferred destination or not.

  45. Browns should offer one first round pick, two seconds and Baker Mayfield.

    Mayfield has a chance to start over after offseason surgery, Texans use those picks to rebuild, while not using it a pick on a QB, and the Browns go all in for the next three seasons until the bill comes in….

  46. Texans apparently are trying to get more teams to the table for Deshaun Watson
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    Sounds more like the Texans are just trying to get “a team” to the table for Watson!

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