Reports suggest quarterback Deshaun Watson recently spoke with newly hired Houston Texans head coach David Culley.
Deshaun Watson really wants out of Houston.
Everyone already knew that, of course, but a recent report from ESPN’s Dan Graziano portrays his true displeasure with the organization; he won’t even repair the relationship.
Per sources, Texans QB Deshaun Watson met with new Texans head coach David Culley last Friday. In that meeting Watson reiterated that he wants to be traded and told Culley he has no intention of playing for the Texans again. No change from Watson's end. He remains dug in.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) February 25, 2021
Watson possesses a no-trade clause in his current contract, so if the Texans agree to a deal, the superstar quarterback would need to approve of the team he would then be playing for in 2021 and beyond. However, the recent news likely pushes the narrative that the “list” of teams Watson would approve of will become obsolete. It will get to the point where he doesn’t care where he’s playing next season, just as long as it’s not in Houston.
The Texans, however, have different plans for the whole situation. They’re still refusing offers for the three-time Pro Bowler and 2020 passing-yard leader; as of Thursday, they were receiving voicemails with offers, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
The #Texans remain unwilling to discuss QB Deshaun Watson with other teams, some of whom have resorted to leaving voicemails with trade offers, per sources.
Watson spoke briefly to coach David Culley recently, but the two still haven’t met in person. Houston not budging.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 25, 2021
This doesn’t change much on the Jets‘ end. Watson would still be absurdly expensive and trading for him may be impossible, especially if the Texans organization remains this way. Any sort of deal that somehow occurs would likely involve more than three first-round picks and a player — the Jets would potentially need to offer each of their four first-round selections over the next two drafts.
Watson’s price would be based on a few different circumstances. One, he underwent a fantastic 2020 campaign from a statistical standpoint with no DeAndre Hopkins, a putrid offensive line, a head coaching change, and incredible dysfunction in the organization. A 32-year-old Matthew Stafford was additionally traded to the Rams in January, and in return, the Lions received a pair of first-round picks, a third-round pick, and two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jared Goff — a deal that would provide the Texans leverage in any sort of trade negotiation.
Houston’s reluctance to part ways with Watson will also force teams to offer even more.
The ultimate fate of the Texans-Watson saga remains unknown. Will the team finally realize the relationship is beyond repair and accept a trade offer? Will Watson hold out and not play a snap until he’s eventually sent to another team? Does the relationship miraculously improve as the offseason progresses?
Regardless, the Jets (and any other potential trade suitor) would need to provide an absurd haul, and that’s if the Texans even answer the phone.