Disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson met with new head coach David Culley late last week and told him he has no intention of playing for the team again, ESPN reported Thursday.
It’s the latest nugget in the staredown between Watson and the Texans that began more than a month ago.
Watson’s unhappiness with the team began with the process around the hiring of general manager Nick Caserio. He reportedly was unhappy with the Texans after the team did not consult with him before hiring Caserio.
Watson’s issue reportedly wasn’t with Caserio, but rather that owner Cal McNair didn’t vet any of Watson’s recommendations to be interviewed for the position before he learned about Caserio’s hiring on social media.
The hiring of Culley, who is Black, did nothing to change Watson’s outlook, a sentiment he reportedly shared directly with Culley last Friday when they met.
However, the team has been steadfast that it will not trade Watson.
Watson posted a cryptic tweet on Thursday, saying “loyalty is everything. Don’t you EVER forget it.”
Loyalty is everything. Don’t you EVER forget it.
— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) February 25, 2021
Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons since the Texans selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.
–Field Level Media