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BREAKING: Texans’ Deshaun Watson officially requests trade

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Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson has officially requested a trade, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. In fact, Schefter reports Watson made the request weeks ago.

This news comes just a day after the Texans decided to hire Ravens assistant coach David Culley to be their next head coach. This hire reportedly hasn’t altered Watson’s stance on the situation, as he wants a fresh start after a disappointing 2020 season for Houston. The quarterback apparently hasn’t even spoken with new Texans general manager Nick Caserio or executive Jack Easterby.

Watson has a no-trade clause on the four-year, $156 million contract extension he signed this past September, so he will have a large say in where he wants to go. The 25-year-old reportedly has the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins at the top of his list, and both teams can offer intriguing trade packages for his services. There will surely be other teams in the mix as well, which could result in quite the bidding war.

The 2020 season was truly a disaster for the Texans, thanks in large part to former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien’s mismanagement. The DeAndre Hopkins trade last offseason was a shocker, and O’Brien was soon fired after an 0-4 start to the campaign. While Watson was terrific all season by setting career-high marks in a number of categories, Houston sputtered to a 4-12 finish.

After the season ended, Deshaun Watson wasn’t pleased with how the general manager search played out. The quarterback also wanted the Texans to hire Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to be their next head coach, but that didn’t pan out. Watson clearly isn’t a fan of how Texans owner Cal McNair does business, so he’s looking for a new lease on his NFL life.