Nick Caserio: Deshaun Watson return “more than likely would not be the case”

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Last week, Texans G.M. Nick Caserio had not much to say about quarterback Deshaun Watson. On Tuesday morning, Caserio said plenty more.

Appearing on Sports Radio 610, Caserio was asked whether the potential hiring of Brian Flores to be the coach would possibly result in Watson sticking around. Via the Houston Chronicle, Caserio said “that more than likely would not be the case.”

It would be a shocker if Watson stays, regardless of whether the next coach is Flores or even Dabo Swinney. The bridge has been both burned and blown to smithereens. Beyond Watson not wanting to be there, the organization likely has misgiving about keeping Watson, given his off-field legal issues.

“I think we have to be open-minded and just take the information and process it and ultimately make the decision that we feel makes the most sense for everybody involved, whatever that looks like,” Caserio said.

They could have traded him before the 2021 deadline in early November, but they didn’t. The question now becomes whether they can get an acceptable deal as the official start of the new league year approaches, on March 16. An unofficial deal can be done at any time; chances are that the quarterback carousel will start to spin once the coaching carousel stops.

Watson has a no-trade clause, which gives him leverage. He also has a fully-guaranteed salary of $35 million, which gives him more leverage. Indeed, it’s one thing for the Texans to pay Watson $10 million to not play in 2021. It’s quite another to pay him another $35 million to not play in 2022.

At some point, Caserio needs to make a move. He can’t, however, unless Watson approves it. Watson may end up going only where he wants to go. Where that is will depend on where the new coaches land, and what the new coaches want.

33 responses to “Nick Caserio: Deshaun Watson return “more than likely would not be the case”

  1. Way to further hurt your trade asset’s value by saying that. This guy Caserio couldn’t run a lap around a track let alone an NFL franchise.

  2. Nick Caserio: Deshaun Watson return “more than likely would not be the case”

    What’s next, a press conference from Jerry Jones speculating that his Cowboys’ participation in the divisional round of the playoffs likely won’t be the case?
    Some things are so blatantly obvious they require neither explanation nor speculation.

  3. Let this sink in: $10 million for doing nothing. Wow!
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    Technically, it was $10 million for being a social deviant. That’s worse…….

  4. That salary is going to be a problem for the Texans. Watson has $136M left on his contract over the next four years. How much is a team going to be willing to give up and take on that contract? The Texans should have lowered their asking price last year just to unload him. It’s going to be a lot harder to do that now. It would not surprise me if they just end up cutting him because of the salary. If they don’t cut him before March 22nd his $37M salary (salary and roster bonus) becomes guaranteed. Caserio sure made a mess of this.

  5. How does his contract not have a morality clause? I don’t think Watson would win even in arbitration given what information is public.

  6. dualprime says:
    January 18, 2022 at 12:31 pm
    Let this sink in: $10 million for doing nothing. Wow!

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    That’s a naive take.

    $10 million is his worth to the team to acquire assets in exchange for his services.

    It’s in line with every other salary in the entertainment business.

    The mind boggling fact is that people waste their money supporting pro sports teams when you can follow your team for free.

  7. Being that he was rewarded this year with pay, benefits and vesting – I expect the league to hit him with a full year suspension. Hard to justify anything when compared to past penalties

  8. I wish Bill O Brien was still there. He would’ve traded Watson to my Panthers for Darnold and some smoked brisket, and maybe a 5th rounder.

  9. Provided he isn’t facing a year-long suspension and his legal issues get settled, welcome to Philly!

  10. Still waiting on criminal charges, which if there was proof would of taken place a LONG time ago.
    If Watson never forced anyone to do anything, the only thing he might be guilty of is having a very twisted fetish.

  11. A year not playing quarterback in the NFL means a fair bit of rust. Coming back playing Watson’s style of play is very unlikely. Lamar Jackson has not looked as good as he did a year ago. He missed no time. I say cut him and take your losses. And does Watson not playing the year, not have ramifications to the contract? Tic tok, tic toc.

  12. With this story, song with how the Texans bungled the potential trading of Watson this past season, why is Brian Flores seriously considering this organization?

  13. At this point Watson is more valuable for the draft picks he would bring. They need the picks more than they need him playing.

  14. I don’t know why nobody is mentioning the fact that they actuallythey actually won one more game this year with a rookie quarterback than they did last year with Watson

  15. There are plenty of things to criticize the Texans about, but holding onto Watson until they can get top value is not one of them. They certainly did not bungle any trade during the last season. By all appearances they had terms worked out with the Dolphins but it was Watson who could not get his business taken care of to allow the deal to go through.

    Nor is stating the obvious fact that he likely will be traded a reasonable criticism. It is funny that people criticize Caserio for saying that but then also overwhelmingly agree that it is obvious.

  16. Just trade this dude for a 3rd rounder and cut your losses already! Houston is run dumber than the Cowboys! It’s hard to believe! Watson was not that great anyway!

  17. itsamadmadmadmadworld says:
    January 18, 2022 at 12:55 pm
    That salary is going to be a problem for the Texans. Watson has $136M left on his contract over the next four years. How much is a team going to be willing to give up and take on that contract? The Texans should have lowered their asking price last year just to unload him. It’s going to be a lot harder to do that now. It would not surprise me if they just end up cutting him because of the salary. If they don’t cut him before March 22nd his $37M salary (salary and roster bonus) becomes guaranteed. Caserio sure made a mess of this.

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    That’s his 2023 salary that becomes guaranteed. His $35 million 2022 salary was guaranteed at signing. So if they cut him before March 22nd. They still owe him the $35 million for 2022 and he has a dead cap hit of $51 million.

  18. They should just keep him already. He is a Top 10 QB and the league seems intent on letting his troubles go without much comment.

  19. It would be a shocker that if any of the allegations are litigated (and even settled) that the NFL would permanently ban Watson from playing again (you know, do the right thing).

  20. Caserio will not get his bounty for Watson in a trade. Watson’s contract is also a big issue with getting any trade done. NFL teams are quite aware of the Texans quagmire with Watson and are willing to wait it out. I can’t see the Texans carrying any of Watson’s salary due to their cap space… and Watson will not budge from his no trade clause… it will come down to the Texans either cutting Watson or playing him and trading Mills for draft capital.

  21. Imagine you’re interviewing coaches who are going to want a marquee QB in place and holding onto a trade asset and you say something like this. At this point, they’ll be lucky if they can re-hire David Culley much less hire someone better.

  22. Besides the fact that he’s a diva with a punk attitude, does anyone even know exactly why he wants out of Houston so badly?? Being paid $35 million a year must be so awful DeShaun

  23. wintercoates87 says:

    January 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Still waiting on criminal charges, which if there was proof would of taken place a LONG time ago.
    If Watson never forced anyone to do anything, the only thing he might be guilty of is having a very twisted fetish
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    1st This isn’t Law & Order where everything happens in an hour, to think otherwise is extremely naive.
    2nd its “would’ve” as in “would have” not “would of” which means nothing and made your “legal argument” even easier to throw out the window.

  24. This guy is a cancer. Everyone knows he molested those women and if he goes to another team there will be women lining up to say they were molested by him too so they can get rich.Any team who gives high draft picks for him and then pays that salary should get there heads examined.

  25. bostonblows says:
    January 18, 2022 at 1:25 pm
    dualprime says:
    January 18, 2022 at 12:31 pm
    Let this sink in: $10 million for doing nothing. Wow!

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    That’s a naive take.

    $10 million is his worth to the team to acquire assets in exchange for his services.

    It’s in line with every other salary in the entertainment business.

    The mind boggling fact is that people waste their money supporting pro sports teams when you can follow your team for free.

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    For us mere naive mortals, the thought of someone being paid $10 million for doing nothing is mind boggling.

  26. I am no genius but it seems to be someone needs to call this bluff. Activate Watson, make the NFL decide whether or not to suspend him. If he doesn’t play when activated, cut him and get off without paying. Why does everyone else have to honor his “no trade” clause when he isn’t honoring his contract?

    The problem with the trade is the eventual suspension hanging over him. Either he becomes active and gets suspended, in which case the suspension will have a known value and end date (important for trade), or he doesn’t play and you can fire him for non-performance and save your $35 million and let someone else deal with him.

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