Deshaun Watson ‘Officially’ Asks To Be Traded From Texans

The world’s worst secret in the NFL is out today. Various media sources are now reporting that Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson has “officially” asked for a trade from the franchise.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the request was made weeks ago, but it hit early Thursday morning after the team hired Ravens assistant David Culley to be their new head coach.

There was some initial thought that maybe Culley could talk Watson into staying with Houston, but Schefter said that Culley’s hire has not changed Watson’s mind.

As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network points out, Watson has a no-trade clause, and due to his contract, he can decide where he ends up in 2021.

The issues between Houston and Watson began smoldering right after the season ended. The quarterback wasn’t happy about how the team handled things in 2020, and reports indicate he wanted a say in who would be brought in as the next head coach and GM.

The team didn’t confer with Watson before they hired former Patriots executive Nick Caserio, whom they had been looking to hire for the past few years.

ESPN reports that Watson hasn’t had one conversation with Caserio nor has he spoken to executive Jack Easterby.

Though the Texans went 4-12, Watson had another great season throwing the ball in 2020. He set career-highs in passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage, throwing 33 touchdowns with seven picks, a career low.

The 33 touchdowns and 4,823 passing yards were also single-season franchise records.

Teams that have already been mentioned for Watson include the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, and Washington Football Team.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. If he js such a great QB why does his team keep losing? Isn’t that the standard we put on most QB’s? Why is it different for him? If the NFL starts giving in to this bad behavior, they will turn into the NBA & their terrible ratings.

  2. salary cap is going down this year and may keep stagnant if the NFL keeps up the sjw stuff.

    watson will be paid $40 million a year and $111 million already guaranteed.

    if he leaves houston and they succeed and he just racks up numbers for another 4 years, what then.

    • Flashback to the 2018 season: his very first playoff game vs. IND. The Colts were dominating and up 21-0 deep into the 3rd quarter and Watson was doing taunts on every first down he gained. It was so bad that Steve Smith (The WR, not Stephen A. Smith) viciously aired him out on GMFB about it. It was then I noticed that this dude only cares about himself (“At least I’m getting mine!”).

      James7, I’ve said the same thing about Watson in previous articles about him in Outkick and I’ll repeat my take on him taking that extension: He was jealous of Mahomes getting big bank before he did and felt that since they both came out of the same class and he was the more accomplished of the two in college, he should have been the first one getting the big payday. He signed that deal AFTER they traded Hopkins and then brought in lesser valued WRs and a washed RB from said trade. He cared more about getting that headline big money deal than the pieces that were being placed around him for the upcoming season. Cool, get paid. But don’t play dumb when all the red flags about the front office was staring you smack in the face when you inked that deal.

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