Texans’ remain without a ‘contingency plan’ for Deshaun Watson
The ongoing quarrel between Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans continues, as it appears both sides are sticking to their guns. Watson has said multiple times he wishes to be traded, but the Texans refuse to follow through with his demand. They reportedly have “no contingency plan,” in place, per James Palmer.
Several teams have tried to inquire about Deshaun Watson. Has anything changed in the #texans stance with free agency and the new league year upon us? My report on NFL NOW on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/rrYoxUxoEs
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 14, 2021
It’s a situation that appears to be getting worse as time goes on. The Texans have essentially removed all of their best players besides Watson, which has to be frustrating to watch for the superstar quarterback. Houston seems to remain confident that Watson will play for them, as the rest of the league, players and executives alike, have a different point of view.
The only card the Texans hold right now is the amount of money Watson could be fined if he sits out. It’s been reported that Watson would be fined for each mandatory meeting he misses, per Adam Schefter. Even so, Watson doesn’t seem to mind, as he’s, “comfortable incurring fines if he continues to not show up when mandatory aspects of that have to happen,” according to James Palmer.
Here's Houston's leverage, if used:
*Can fine Deshaun Watson $95,877 for missing minicamp.
*Can fine him $50,000 per day for each day of training camp missed, plus one week salary — $620,000 — for each preseason game missed.
*If he retires, Texans can collect $21.6 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2021
It seems that the best thing that the Texans’ should do is to trade Watson away at this point. They’re rightfully being stubborn, as they know they have a franchise quarterback on their hands. Players like Watson don’t come around often and they’re not guaranteed to find another one soon.
With the NFL draft right around the corner, the front office could feel even more pressure during the draft to try and acquire as many picks as they can. Everything is up in the air, either Watson or the Texans will give in. The question is, who will recede first?