Texans QB Deshaun Watson turns trade rumor smoke into fire
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:
I was on 2 then I took it to 10
— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) January 15, 2021
“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:
If I’m @deshaunwatson I will stand my ground. The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers. Since Jack Easterby has walk into the building nothing good has happened in/for the organization and for some reason someone can’t seem to see what’s going on. Pathetic!!!
— Andre Johnson (@johnson80) January 12, 2021
When Dre speak listen. https://t.co/hMdP2rsUJr
— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) January 12, 2021
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.