The Texans cannot be selfish when it comes to the Deshaun Watson situation. The fact they’re refusing to trade him is a bad look.
Houston, indeed, has a problem, and it involves its superstar quarterback.
Deshaun Watson wishes to be traded from the team that drafted him nearly four years ago and recently put in a request for that type of move to be made.
But requests, unfortunately, aren’t always met, and that’s exactly what this specific situation has come to as the offseason commences.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Texans have told teams that have contacted them about Watson that they won’t be trading him.
Houston’s reputation wasn’t exactly of sheer perfection already. This move, however, is a new low by an organization crammed with instability and dysfunction.
It’s clear Watson is, at least mentally, done with the Texans. He wants nothing to do with his current team to the point where he eventually won’t care where he plays in 2021, just as long as it’s not in Houston.
Needless to say, he’s sick and tired of doing everything he can for an organization that won’t return any sort of on-field favor.
Watson played his heart out every single week this past year en route to the best season of his career thus far — he completed 70.2% of his throws for 33 touchdowns, seven picks, and a league-leading 4,823 passing yards (all career-bests).
Of course, this was amid the Texans trading away his best receiver for not even a first-round pick last offseason, fielding a horrific defense that was 30th in total yards allowed and 27th in scoring, and keeping Bill O’Brien employed as the head coach and general manager for longer than they should’ve.
Not to mention, earlier this year, the Texans initially didn’t consider Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (who Watson reportedly wanted) for their previously-vacant head coaching role. Eventually, they hired David Culley, a wide receivers coach who carried no prior head-coaching experience.
The organization has continuously wronged an individual who has attempted to do everything right. The fact the Texans are basically preventing him from departing for a superior situation in order to improve his career and further better himself as a player proves they’re heading down a dangerous path, a path that’ll encompass a league-wide loss of respect.
Houston wants to make things right with Watson in order to keep him around for 2021 and beyond. However, the damage is done. It’s too late to make up for the wrongdoing. The Texans can write the apology letter, but Watson is already packing his bags and preparing for the divorce.
If the organization possesses any sort of dignity and care for the players it employs, it will make the right decision and trade the 25-year-old. The Texans could receive a haul for the superstar quarterback and utilize those acquired assets to build for the future. They could additionally snag a current pro-level quarterback in a deal, especially if they were to do business with someone like the Jets.
Watson, on the other hand, could happily portray his skills elsewhere, a scenario he longs for at this moment in time.
It’s understandable if you want to keep a talent like Watson on the roster, because who wouldn’t? But honestly, this current situation is something the Texans should’ve kept in mind before they decided to not pamper their most valuable asset and make crucial decisions that would negatively affect him in more ways than one.
The time has come. Watson should no longer be a Texan, and the team that drafted him in 2017 needs to come to terms with the fact that the relationship is broken beyond repair.