BREAKING: Deshaun Watson reiterates trade demand from Texans
When Deshaun Watson says he wants out, he means it. The Houston Texans star reportedly is adamant about leaving the AFC South franchise.
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, Watson met with incoming first-year Texans head coach David Culley and repeated the trade demand, telling the former Baltimore Ravens assistant he doesn’t plan on playing for Houston again.
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
The Texans have stalled on complying with Deshaun Watson’s trade request. This is a situation that may well develop through training camp, especially if the three-time Pro Bowl gunslinger plans on threatening sitting out games in 2021.
Watson and the Texans’ relationship has deteriorated over the NFL offseason when Houston failed to properly involve their franchise QB in changes to management, like the addition of former New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio arriving as the Texans’ general manager.
Despite the Texans finishing 4-12 during the 2020-21 season, Watson still looked every bit a star. He threw for an NFL-leading 4,823 passing yards and connected on 33 touchdowns.
In the past, Watson was connected to AFC East clubs Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. The former Clemson standout joins a wild offseason quarterback carousel that included a trade swapping Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff with the Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions and last week’s deal, which sent Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts.
In recent weeks, tensions have boiled over between Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks—an almost unthinkable breakup this time last year. Watson (and Wilson if he’s dealt too this offseason) is poised to net the greatest return in a trade, however.