There’s now a significant development on the Deshaun Watson situation with the Houston Texans. According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Houston is now willing to listen to and have been engaged in trade conversations with other teams surrounding the reigning NFL passing yards leader.
“The Texans are now willing to listen — and have been for some time — to trade offers for star QB Deshaun Watson, multiple sources tell me and @RapSheet. But the price is high for a player of his caliber, and shouldbe. It’d likely take at least three first-round picks and more,” the report read.
This is an absolutely stunning turn of events in the Deshaun Watson situation. It was earlier this offseason that the reigning NFL passing yards champion demanded a trade from the Texans. Since then, north of 20 women have come forth alleging sexual assault and or misconduct on the part of the three-time Pro Bowler.
For the longest time, reports have indicated that Houston was not willing to engage other teams in conversations regarding the quarterback. Apparently, that has now changed.
Watson, 25, opted to report to Texans training camp despite suggestions that he wanted a trade. Of course, that had more to do with him being fined $50,000 daily by holding out than anything else.
At this point the quarterback is facing almost two dozen allegations of sexual assault. While he has not been charged criminally, the Houston Police Department is conducting an investigation into the allegations. No team is going to trade for Deshaun Watson while giving up multiple first-round picks with said allegations still outstanding and the NFL joining in with the local authorities in investigating the matters.
A first-round pick of the Texans back in 2017, Watson recorded north of 5,000 total yards to go with 36 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last season.