Everyone who follows the NFL knew it was coming. But on Thursday it was reported that Deshaun Watson has officially requested a trade from the Houston Texans. League sources told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter on Thursday that Watson has officially informed the Texans that he wants out of Houston.
Deshaun Watson Requests Trade Out of Houston
Reportedly it was weeks ago that Watson informed the team of his desire to be traded. But the reports were confirmed on Thursday. Most felt that Watson wouldn’t be swayed by the Texans new head coaching hire and now that they have hired David Culley, that seems to be true. Watson reportedly hasn’t spoken with Nick Caserio, who the Texans recently hired as their new general manager, or executive Jack Easterby.
The superstar quarterback has been unhappy with the Texans organization on a number of fronts, including them trading away DeAndre Hopkins, the team not having any draft capital or salary cap room in the near future and most notably, how the hiring of Caserio was handled.
Watson is still under contract with the Texans for the next five seasons so they could dig in their heels and refuse to trade him. Watson does have a no-trade clause in his contract, so he absolutely has some, even a lot of power, in where he winds up, if the Texans do decide to trade him. Watson could also flat out refuse to show up to practice and/or games which could force the Texans to move on from the former Clemson Tiger. And Houston trading their star quarterback could actually make sense.
Even though this is being reported shortly after it was announced the Texans were hiring Culley as their new head coach, Watson wanting out of Houston has nothing to do with Culley. There have been trade rumors for a while now because everyone has known Watson wants out of Houston. Again, it was weeks ago that Watson informed the team of his desire to be traded. It seems he may even be willing to waive his no-trade clause in order make that happen.
It will be interesting to see how this develops and where Watson winds up.