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Report: Deshaun Watson will only waive no-trade clause for one team

Deshaun Watson in the rain

The Houston Texans want to trade Deshaun Watson prior to next week’s NFL trade deadline, but the star quarterback is not exactly making it easy on them.

There are several teams that have reportedly shown interest in Watson despite his ongoing legal issues. Watson has a no-trade clause, however. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, he is only willing to waive it to play for the Miami Dolphins.

As Rapoport noted, the Carolina Panthers are not pursuing Watson. They are one of a handful of teams who were said to have interest in the 25-year-old. That talk intensified this week after Sam Darnold was benched in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants.

The Dolphins have been considered the favorite to land Watson since the offseason. The problem is the Texans still want multiple first-round picks for the quarterback. If Watson is only willing to waive his no-trade clause for one team, that puts Houston in an extremely weak position.

A recent report claimed Watson is open to playing for teams other than the Dolphins. The fact that he is facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women has complicated the situation even further.

Report: One team has made actual trade offer for Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

The Houston Texans appear to be inching closer to trading Deshaun Watson, and they reportedly have at least one offer for the star quarterback on the table.

The Miami Dolphins have been viewed as the frontrunner to land Watson for months. Armando Salguero of Outkick says he was told by a source on Sunday that Miami has an actual offer on the table for Watson. Though, the details of the offer are unclear.

It seems safe to assume that whatever the Dolphins offered, the Texans want more. Most people believe Houston was behind the leak last week that they were getting close to trading Watson.

The Texans obviously want to trade Watson, but they are said to be seeking multiple first-round picks. You can understand why teams are unwilling to offer that with Watson having been accused of sexual assault by multiple women. The NFL is waiting for a grand jury to decide if Watson will be prosecuted, and the league could hand down disciplinary action after that.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Monday that the Texans expect to trade Watson by the Nov. 2 deadline. The Dolphins are not the only team interested in Watson, but the QB has a no-trade clause. He supposedly wants to play in Miami, which could be a big factor in the trade talks and result in the Texans having even less leverage.

JJ Watt has blunt assessment of Texans

JJ Watt

J.J. Watt will face the Houston Texans for the first time since his release following the 2020 season this weekend. However, it does not sound likely to be a very emotional occasion for him.

Watt, now with the Arizona Cardinals, said Thursday that he’ll still be reminded of his accomplishments with the Texans when he sees them line up across from him. However, that’s where the emotion will end due to the high roster turnover.

“There’s obviously something more to it,” Watt said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “I don’t think that it’s what people may think it is because, I mean, you look at the roster and you look at the guys that are there, I mean it’s been so massively turned over that there’s only a handful of guys that are even there from last year that I played with.

“So, it’s not like, I’m like, ‘Oh, I want to go and beat my old team’ or ‘Oh, I can’t wait to face this guy,’ because it’s not the same team. It’s not the same organization that I remember and that I was a part of.”

That turnover is a big reason why Watt sought his release after the 2020 season. There was some foreshadowing of that, too. Nobody, not even Texans fans, is going to hold his decision against him.

Watt has gotten off to a slow start statistically with the Cardinals, though he did collect his first sack of the season last week against Cleveland.

Report: Deshaun Watson trade could be imminent

Deshaun Watson

After months of speculation, a Deshaun Watson trade may finally be coming to fruition.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, negotiations between the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins have intensified in recent days, and there is optimism that Watson could be traded this week. Even if a trade is not consummated by the end of the week, the Dolphins and Texans are motivated to get something done by the Nov. 2 trade deadline.

The Dolphins have long had interest in Watson, but that interest appears to have intensified since the team lost its fifth consecutive game on Sunday. Watson would have to approve any trade, but Miami is a preferred destination, and that approval would likely be a formality.

Houston has put a huge asking price on Watson, asking for three first-round picks. There had been some indications they were moving closer to a more realistic negotiation in recent weeks.

Watson remains under investigation after 22 women accused him of sexual assault. That has been a complicating factor in trade negotiations, and could be an issue if Miami acquires him.

Photo: Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; AFC quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Texans benefit from controversial goal line fumble call against Patriots

Damien Harris fumble

The Houston Texans were on the right end of an overturned call early in their game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and many fans were left wondering if the officials had access to a camera angle that wasn’t shown on the television broadcast.

Damien Harris rushed for what was initially called a touchdown that would have tied the game in the second quarter. Harris lost control of the ball as he plunged into the end zone, but the call on the field was that he had possession when he broke the plane. You can see a few replay angles below:

Harris definitely lost possession somewhere around the goal line, but it looked like the call could have gone either way. Officials typically stick with the call on the field in a situation like that, but they felt they had enough to overturn it. The Texans recovered the ball in the end zone and were awarded a touchback.

There are sometimes replay angles in the New York league offices that aren’t shown on TV, so it’s possible there was a definitive view. Still, the result was a surprise.

Harris, of course, is the same player who had an extremely costly fumble for the Patriots earlier in the year.

Texans softening stance on Deshaun Watson trade?

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson continues to sit out games on the inactive list with the Houston Texans. However, there may be some reason to believe his situation could be changing soon.

On Sunday, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the Texans have “started to soften” on their demands for a Watson trade and may be more willing to engage in trade talks. He added that the Miami Dolphins remained the most interested and logical destination.

On Wednesday, Glazer re-upped his previous report and added a note urging his followers to keep a close eye on the situation.

If the Texans are really more willing to talk Watson trades, that’s a significant shift. Even more relevantly, Tua Tagovailoa’s injury, combined with some other speculation, may hasten Miami’s urgency to address the quarterback situation.

Watson is facing allegations of sexual assault from multiple women. For now, the NFL has been content to avoid disciplinary action as long as the Texans aren’t playing him. If a team were to acquire him with the intention of playing him, that could quickly become a major issue.

David Culley had one of the most ‘cowardly’ punts in years

David Culley

David Culley did not receive a nice distinction regarding one of his decisions to punt on Thursday night.

Culley is in his first season as the head coach of the Houston Texans. His team lost 24-9 at home to the Carolina Panthers.

The game was actually close at halftime at 7-6. Houston got the ball to start the third quarter and drove into Carolina territory. They ultimately had a 4th-and-4 at the Carolina 39 but decided to punt. They took a delay of game penalty first before punting.

The “surrender index,” which tracks and evaluates whether teams should go for it, rated the decision as among the most cowardly punts since 1999.

That’s not nice.

However, there should be more context to this decision.

The Texans are playing with Davis Mills as their quarterback. He is a rookie and had just thrown five straight incompletions. That probably didn’t inspire much faith in Culley.

On the other hand, you play to win the game, as Herman Edwards says. If you’re trying to win, taking a chance on that 4th-and-4 play was probably the way to go.

The Texans beat the Jags in Week 1. We don’t expect them to win many more games the rest of the season, certainly not with Mills at QB.

Deshaun Watson won’t play in Week 3 despite Tyrod Taylor injury

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson has been inactive for the Houston Texans through the first two weeks of the season, and some wondered if that could change in Week 3 after Tyrod Taylor hurt his hamstring on Sunday. That injury will have no impact on Watson’s status, however.

Texans head coach David Culley told reporters on Monday that Watson will remain inactive for the team’s third game of the season. He said Taylor is day-to-day with his hamstring injury and that he has has full confidence in rookie Davis Mills.

Watson has almost certainly played his last snap in Houston. He demanded a trade earlier this offseason, and the Texans have been open to dealing him. The situation has been complicated by the fact that Watson is facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women, and the Texans don’t want to trade him at a discounted rate.

There’s still a chance Watson could be traded during the season, but he remains under criminal investigation. The NFL likely won’t make a ruling until the legal process is complete, and that could spill into next year. For now, Watson will continue to wait while not playing.

Here is when Texans could finally trade Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

The Houston Texans have seemingly made it clear that Deshaun Watson is not part of their future plans, as the quarterback will not start in Week 1 and is expected to be a healthy scratch. A trade is viewed as inevitable, but when?

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Sunday that he believes trade talks involving Watson could heat up closer to the Nov. 2 trade deadline. Teams that previously expressed interest in Watson could re-visit the idea of acquiring the Pro Bowler depending on how their season goes to that point.

The Miami Dolphins are one team that has been repeatedly linked to Watson. There have been some signs that they are not completely sold on Tua Tagovailoa, and they could feel more urgency to trade for Watson if Tua struggles early in the year. Rapoport mentions the Carolina Panthers as another potential suitor if their decision to acquire Sam Darnold in the offseason does not produce early returns.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos are two other teams with uncertain quarterback situations that have been linked to Watson.

Rapoport notes that the Texans remain committed to not trading Watson at a discounted price. That has obviously complicated the situation, as Watson is facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women.

Watson has a no-trade clause, but he has made it clear he wants out of Houston. Even if he has a particular destination in mind, it seems unlikely that he would block a deal.

Bradley Roby traded to Saints from Texans

New Orleans Saints logo

The New Orleans Saints have been searching for cornerback help ahead of the start of the regular season, and they have finally found it.

The Saints acquired Bradley Roby in a trade with the Texans on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Roby was suspended for six games last season after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He will have to serve the last game of that ban in Week 1, but he will be eligible to play for New Orleans in Week 2.

Roby, a former first-round pick, will give the Saints a solid second cornerback behind Marshon Lattimore. The Texans are clearly in total rebuild mode, so it is no surprise they traded Roby. The 29-year-old signed a three-year, $32 million deal with Houston last year.

There had been some talk about the Saints potentially acquiring a different star cornerback, but Roby should fit in nicely with them.