NFL rumors: Deshaun Watson frustrated over Houston Texans unwillingness to trade star QB

By Vincent Frank

NFL rumors continue to point in the direction of the Houston Texans holding firm on the Deshaun Watson trade front. Interested teams continue to call the Texans’ brass, led by general manager Nick Caserio and vice president Jack Easterby, to no avail.

That has not stopped Watson’s camp from pushing back big time, both behind the scenes and through a public lens. Apparently, things are not getting better on this front.

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Deshaun Watson growing more frustrated over Houston Texans unwillingness to trade him

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Jan 26, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; AFC quarterback Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans (4) warms up before a game against the NFC in the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe notes that Watson’s camp is “growing all the more frustrated” over Houston’s brass failing to engage in trade talks. It seems as if things are reaching a boiling point right now between the two sides, as the Patriots’ insider for the Globe notes.

This shouldn’t be considered too much of a surprise. It’s become clear that Watson has no intention of ever playing for the Texans again. NFL rumors conclude that he is willing to holdout multiple games next season if the reigning passing champion is not moved.

Meanwhile, the Texans have reportedly pushed back against even engaging with interested teams in trade talks for the Pro Bowl signal caller. With that said, the baseline asking price is three first-round picks and at least one young player. This seems to suggest that, at the very least, Houston has had internal discussions about a Deshaun Watson trade.

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NFL rumors: Where Deshaun Watson and the Texans stand

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Sep 29, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) attempts a pass during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
  • More than anything, it appears that Watson can’t coexist with embattled vice president Jack Easterby. The front office head has in the past been the subject of criticism from former Texans players for his handling of player personnel matters.
  • For his part, Watson has a list of teams he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for. Said list is reportedly headed by the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. However, teams such as the Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Denver Broncos could be of interest to the quarterback.
  • Hypothetically speaking, the Texans would like to get a young quarterback as part of a package in a Deshaun Watson trade. Of those listed above, the Jets (Sam Darnold) and Dolphins (Tua Tagovailoa) seem to be the best fits.
  • However, there’s also something to be said about Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers’ current quarterback was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots when Nick Caserio was a member of the team’s front office. He also pushed back against trading Garoppolo during the 2017 season.
  • Some may conclude that Houston holds all the cards here given Watson signed a massive extension less than a calendar year ago. That seems a bit naive. He doesn’t want to play for the Texans again. He can holdout next season, if need be. That could very well lower any compensation Houston receives given that Watson’s new contract kicks in during the 2022 season.

In any event, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Watson’s camp is not happy about the Texans dragging their feet in trade talks. It’s now just a matter of time before the quarterback goes public.

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