Deshaun Watson has reportedly discussed request for Texans trade, Pro Football Talk’s report says Mike Florio.
Florio, citing “several different people,” said the fourth-year quarterback discussed the possibility with his Houston teammates. It remains to be seen whether he is seriously considering a trade or simply leveraging his position to ensure he has a say in the Texans’ new coaching hire.
Florio’s report was also quickly refuted by John mcclain of the Houston Chronicle, which said: “The Texans will not trade Watson under any circumstances.”
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It’s worth noting that Florio’s report comes a day after the Texans reportedly agreed to come to an agreement with Nick Caserio, the Patriots’ director of player personnel. This news apparently prompted Watson to post – then delete – a cryptic tweet who said, “some things never change …”
Houston officially announced the hiring of Caserio on Thursday.
Bill O’Brien, who was sacked by the team in early October, was also associated with the Patriots, as an assistant from 2007 to 2010. He officially assumed the role of general manager during the 2020 offseason, a position in which he struggled with. . He infamously traded primary target DeAndre Hopkins at Arizona for running back David Johnson; prior to that, he gave Miami two first-round picks for left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills. The Dolphins will have the third overall pick in the draft in April, while the Texans will have to wait until the third inning to make their first selection – unless another trade is made.
Still, it seems unlikely that Watson will actually leave Houston. He signed a four-year extension of $ 156 million in September; a trade would result in a cap of $ 21.6 million for Texans. Additionally, Watson had one of his best seasons yet in 2020, especially after O’Brien’s dismissal: He has completed career highs in yards (4,823), completion percentage (70.2), touchdowns by passing (33), adjusted yards per attempt (9.5) and seven interceptions.
However, his individual success did not translate for the team in 2020; the Texans went 4-12, tying the team’s record in Watson’s rookie season, after seasons of 11 and 10 wins in 2018 and 19, respectively.