The Houston Texans have landed the general manager they want in Nick Caserio, but the work the franchise has in front of them this offseason has just begun.
The team still needs to hire a new head coach, and now there’s a rumor that big-time playmaker quarterback DeShaun Watson may be asking to be dealt this offseason.
Houston has put a lot of faith in Watson, paying him a whopping $111 million in guarantees, and they have even stated they will allow him to have some input on who the next Texans coach will be.
That might not be enough to keep him a happy camper with the organization though .
Pro Football Talk reports that Watson has talked to teammates about the possibility of being dealt, but that he also might just be trying to gain more leverage about the new head coach:
Rumors already are circulating, and we’ve already heard them from multiple different people, that Watson has quietly broached with teammates the possibility of requesting a trade. If that’s happening, it may just be a strategic effort to ensure his views are respected by ownership. Regardless, it raises the stakes and crosses a bridge and potentially sets the foundation for Watson eventually to decide that he’d like to continue his career elsewhere.
Watson on the trade market would create a seismic wrinkle in the NFL this offseason. At just 25 years old and with 54 starts already under his belt, Watson would be the most attractive quarterback on the market by far.
Two NFC East quarterbacks, Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott, are also likely to be on the market. Wentz reportedly wants to be traded from Philadelphia, and Prescott is ready to hit free agency.
Pro Football Talk reports no less than 14 teams would have an interest in Watson. Teams that need a quarterback now include the Colts, Broncos, Washington and the Panthers. There are also teams that could use one in a season or two, like the Steelers (replacing a retired Ben Roethlisberger), Saints (for a retiring Drew Brees), and 49ers.
It would be a huge risk for the Texans to deal Watson, as he’s shown that he can be a star in this league. However, if he’s not willing to play for the city that drafted him, it might be the only way for the two sides to have a somewhat happy ending.