The Houston Texans continue to hit the news cycle with Deshaun Watson still on the roster. There have been numerous trade rumors throughout the offseason, but it seems those will be coming to an end soon.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Texans will likely keep Deshaun Watson on the roster throughout the course of the 2021 NFL season. That does not mean that Watson will play, as he still refuses to play another snap as long as he's in Houston.
From NFL Now: Deshaun Watson remains on the #Texans roster, which — crazy as it sounds — could continue through the season if Houston doesn't get an offer it deems worthy. pic.twitter.com/mBIDzoQIJi
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2021
Instead, the Texans seem willing to keep Watson on the roster and wait until next year to pick up trade negotiations in the 2022 offseason. They'll have a better understanding of where draft picks will be, which will give Houston the biggest bang for their buck.
Watson is of course still under investigation for multiple sexual assault cases. The NFL has yet to get involved, as they are likely waiting for more clarity from the lawsuits. For Houston, this seems to be the right move, as they can better dictate which draft picks to receive while gaining more time to evaluate the future of the franchise.
For now, the quarterback situation in Houston is abysmal. Tyrod Taylor is the favorite to be the starter, but the Texans selected Davis Mills in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. This front office will be extremely busy in the coming years, as they'll try to set up a foundation for a proper rebuild.
Keep an eye on Watson, as we should receive more information as time goes on. For now, the Texans are taking the smart approach and waiting to reevaluate Watson's value next year. It's unknown what will happen, as the NFL is likely to suspend Watson at some point. Everything is up in the air and only time will give us a more concise answer.