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Texans QB Deshaun Watson turns trade rumor smoke into fire

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson hinted at his frustration with the organization with a simple tweet Friday afternoon.

The star signal-caller had not tweeted since Dec. 28 amid rumors of him possibly seeking a trade. Perhaps not so coincidentally, he ended his silence just hours after Texans owner Cal McNair announced Jack Easterby would be staying on in his role as an advisor.

Here’s the tweet:

While this is a Future lyric, it also seems to be a direct reference to reporting done by ESPN’s Adam Schefter regarding the roots of Watson’s growing frustration:

“One person who knows Watson said this week that, after the Texans traded Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last offseason, the quarterback’s anger level was ‘a 2. … This time, it’s a 10,’ Schefter wrote on Jan. 10.

Deshaun Watson was apparently promised input as to the team’s next general manager, but the Texans ignored his recommendations before selecting former New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio.

Shortly thereafter, Texans legend Andre Johnson sent out a tweet saying Watson should hold firm in his demands, saying Easterby in particular has had an inherently negative impact on the direction of the franchise. Those sentiments were echoed by another former Texans receiver in DeAndre Hopkins, who was infamously traded away from Houston last March:

With McNair doubling down on his support for Easterby earlier Friday, it appears Watson has officially reached his boiling point.

The former Clemson star had already gone silent in answering Texans management while on vacation, but he is not so silent anymore. Caserio and McNair might be hoping to persuade Deshaun Watson they can turn the Texans into winners, but it is looking more and more likely a trade will be the only option.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated with the Future lyric reference.