Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson requests trade, per report
Deshaun Watson wants a divorce from the Houston Texans.
In a move that should come as a surprise to no one, the Pro Bowl quarterback has asked for a trade, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reports Watson issued his request weeks ago.
The Miami Herald recently reported that Watson would like to be traded to the New York Jets given his admiration for newly hired coach Robert Saleh. His second choice would be the Dolphins. Both teams have multiple first-round picks to offer in a trade and could also float young quarterbacks (New York's Sam Darnold and Miami's Tua Tagovailoa) who remain on their rookie contracts.
Watson was apparently upset with what he perceived as the franchise's failure to fully integrate him into the franchise's searches for a general manager and head coach. GM Nick Caserio was hired earlier this month, and word surfaced Wednesday night that Baltimore Ravens assistant David Culley will be named as Houston's next head coach.
Watson, who hasn't said anything publicly, is also unhappy with what he perceives as the organization's lack of commitment to social injustice issues, according to an ESPN report.
He signed a four-year, $156 million extension last September that doesn't even take effect until 2022. The deal contains a no-trade clause that would basically enable Watson to approve prospective trade destinations.
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The Texans were already facing a challenging offseason before learning their franchise quarterback wanted out. The team is nearly $18 million overspent on its salary cap, per Over The Cap, and does not have a first- or second-round pick in this year's draft. Both selections were traded to Miami in 2019 by previous coach/GM Bill O'Brien in a package involving left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Watson, 25, the club's first-round pick in 2017, passed for a league-leading 4,823 yards in 2020 and a career-best 33 touchdowns.
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