If anyone was waiting for the Texans minicamp to provide clarity in Deshaun Watson’s situation, that person will be disappointed. The veteran quarterback’s status will remain just as unclear because the minicamp has been canceled.
Houston Texans head coach David Culley announced Wednesday that the mandatory minicamp would be canceled after a satisfactory session of voluntary OTAs.
“We’ve accomplished what we wanted to accomplish,” Culley said.
The Texans are the third team to call off their minicamp this offseason, joining the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. With minicamp canceled, any player that would have elected to sit out will no longer be fined — this includes Watson, who didn’t attend OTAs either.
Watson would have been subject to a $95,877 fine, had he missed the mandatory three-day minicamp. Based on the NFL ruling, players under contract who miss minicamp are subject to a $15,515 fine for the first day, $31,030 for the second and $46,540 for the third.
Yahoo Sports reports that Watson wasn’t expected to attend, as he remains the subject of 22 civil lawsuits with massage therapists who are accusing him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct. Watson’s legal camp acknowledged that sexual encounters happened but claims they were consensual. Both legal teams agreed to a timeline for the litigation that won’t interfere with his football career until the 2021-22 season has ended.
It seems Watson is still demanding a trade from the organization and has his eyes set on the Denver Broncos, OutKick’s Sam Amico reports.
Watson’s former teammate Kareem Jackson said on a podcast that he talks to Watson often and knows that is where the quarterback wants to be.
Along with the 22 civil lawsuits, Watson is also facing an NFL investigation and the Houston Police Department’s investigation, stemming from allegations made in the lawsuits.
While there may not be further clarity on Watson, he’s staying in football shape and his desire to be traded remains constant.