The Houston Texans have not yet said that Deshaun Watson will not play for them in 2021, but all signs continue to point in that direction.
The Texans have announced that Tyrod Taylor will start their season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, meaning Watson will likely be inactive. General manager Nick Caserio acknowledged that during an appearance on Sports Radio 610 Wednesday morning, though he would not commit to any specific plan for Watson going forward.
With Taylor starting in Week 1, there is no reason to think Watson will play at all for Houston this year. The star quarterback still wants to be traded. He is also under investigation after several women accused him of sexual assault. The Texans are clearly open to trading Watson, but teams aren’t going to meet their high asking price while his legal situation remains up in the air.
There was some talk recently that trade talks between the Texans and another AFC team were heating up, but nothing appears imminent.
The Houston Texans have officially named a starting quarterback for Week 1, and his name is not Deshaun Watson.
Texans head coach David Culley confirmed on Monday that Tyrod Taylor will start the team’s season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That is not an unexpected development. While Watson remains eligible to play, there have been numerous reports that the Texans plan to keep him on the roster and make him a healthy scratch every week. Watson still wants out of Houston, but the situation has become complicated due to the numerous sexual assault allegations against him.
Nearly two dozen women have filed sexual assault lawsuits against Watson. At least 10 have spoken to the police, and Watson is also the target of a grand jury investigation.
There was some talk recently that trade talks between the Texans and another AFC team were heating up, but nothing appears imminent. In the meantime, Watson will simply be sitting out.
The end of preseason has brought little clarity to Deshaun Watson’s status with the Houston Texans, and that lack of clarity looks set to persist into the regular season.
Texans general manager Nick Caserio gave an update on Watson’s status Wednesday. Caserio said there was “no definite answer” on where things stood with Watson, and refused to get into the hypothetical of what would happen if Watson did want to play.
Watson wants out of Houston, but trade efforts have been complicated by the numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment against him. The Texans appear unwilling to trade him at a discount, making a deal increasingly unlikely before the season starts.
The Texans appear set to go with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, and Watson may not factor in the team’s plans even if he’s on the roster.
The Houston Texans have engaged with teams in trade talks centered on Deshaun Watson, but it does not sound like a deal will come together before the start of the regular season.
According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, the Texans are not expected to trade Watson before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. EST deadline for teams to cut their rosters down to 53 players. That likely means Watson will remain on Houston’s roster in Week 1 and potentially beyond.
Even with Watson facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women, the Texans have not backed down from their high asking price. They want at least three first-round picks and then some for the Pro Bowl quarterback. Interested teams have reportedly asked for pick protections because of Watson’s legal situation, but Houston probably does not want to get into that.
The Texans are prepared to keep Watson on their roster but make him a healthy scratch every week, which would allow him to collect his roughly $10 million salary. They could then explore trading him again next offseason, at which point there might be more clarity with his off-field issues.
The Miami Dolphins are said to be still interested in acquiring Watson. Head coach Brian Flores made some interesting remarks over the weekend when addressing those rumors.
The Houston Texans are working to trade Deshaun Watson ahead of the start of the NFL season. Even if they’re unable to work out a deal, it sounds like Watson may never play another snap for the team.
Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk 790 reported on Monday that the Texans are prepared to pay Watson to sit on the bench for them this season. They are willing to keep him on the 53-man roster but make him inactive every week, which means Watson would still be able to collect his $10 million salary.
That meshes with what Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Monday, which is that the Texans may prefer to trade Watson next offseason. If they trade Watson now for, say, three first-round picks, they’ll have no way of knowing where in the first round next year’s pick will fall. Also, teams reportedly are asking Houston about pick protections because of the unresolved legal issues regarding the sexual assault allegations against Watson. The Texans would obviously prefer not to get into that.
There’s a good chance Watson will be eligible to play the entire 2021 season. But, unless he is traded, we may not see him at all over the next four or five months.
The Houston Texans have been fielding calls from teams that have interest in Deshaun Watson, but the sexual assault allegations against the star quarterback have made the situation an incredibly complicated one. Given how things have progressed, it’s fair to wonder if the Texans would prefer to wait until next offseason to see where they’re at.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media noted on Monday that the Texans will likely get at least three first-round picks for Watson if and when they trade him. Should they decide to wait until after the 2021 season, they’ll then know exactly where each of those prospective picks would fall.
“Those (picks) would still be there after the season, except the Texans would know how much each first-rounder was worth,” Rapoport said. “They would know, let’s say, if they were trading for the No. 23 pick or the No. 5 pick. That is a huge, huge difference and one reason why it is actually conceivable for the Texans to say, ‘You know what, Deshaun Watson won’t play for us this year. That’s OK, we’ll just pay him $10 million and try to do this after the season.'”
Watson still wants out of Houston, but the Texans simply may not be able to get fair value for him at the moment. The Miami Dolphins are said to still be interested, but teams have reportedly asked Houston for pick protections to mitigate any potential suspension or criminal prosecution. If the Texans wait until next offseason, perhaps there will be more clarity with Watson’s legal situation.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores responded to the Watson rumors on Sunday, and he stopped well short of denying that his team is interested.
The Houston Texans have been engaging in trade talks centered on Deshaun Watson, and it sounds like the Miami Dolphins remain interested in the star quarterback. That has naturally led to questions about Tua Tagovailoa’s future, but he may not even be part of a potential deal between the two teams.
According to Outkick’s Armando Salguero, the Texans have not shown interest in Tagovailoa. They’re more focused on acquiring several first-round draft picks if they trade Watson, which could prove to be too great of an obstacle.
Salguero also reports that Watson’s preference is to be traded to the Dolphins but he would accept a trade to the Carolina Panthers, as well. Watson has a full no-trade clause in his contract, so he has control over where he ends up.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday that Houston wants three first-round picks and two second-round picks for Watson. Interested teams have asked the Texans about pick protections due to the ongoing sexual assault lawsuits and investigations against Watson.
Watson could be suspended by the NFL at some point. However, the trade market for him may be heating up due to the fact that his legal situation could drag on for quite some time. If that happens, Watson may remain eligible to play all through 2021.
Tagovailoa is entering the season as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback after they selected him with the fifth overall pick last year. You have to wonder how much the former Alabama star has impressed the team if they’re willing to give up significant assets for Watson.
Deshaun Watson is under criminal investigation after several women accused him of sexual assault, and that has left his NFL status up in the air. Many expected him to either be suspended or placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by now, but Watson continues to prepare for the regular season. Is it possible he could remain eligible the entire year?
As Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports noted over the weekend, the fact that Watson is the target of a criminal investigation may actually work in his favor for NFL eligibility. Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, confirmed this week that the NFL has yet to interview Watson about the allegations against him. That is because the NFL does not want to stand in the way of law enforcement.
“If you talk to any prosecutor or investigator, they don’t want the NFL out there, quite frankly, mucking in their case,” Hardin told reporters on Wednesday. “And the NFL recognizes that. The NFL investigators are former prosecutors. They understand that process. So in due time, we will be interfacing with the NFL, but not yet.”
While Roger Goodell has the power to place Watson on the commissioner’s exempt list at any time, he may want to hear from the quarterback and some others involved in the situation before doing so. Both Watson and at least one of his accusers are reportedly being investigated by the FBI, so Goodell may feel that he can’t make an informed decision until there is more legal clarity.
As Robinson explained, Antonio Brown was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list before but was never being criminally investigated. Other players like Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy had already been charged. That is not the case with Watson, and there is no telling how quickly or slowly the case will progress.
“The NFL regularly tries to not reach out to the defendant and his lawyers and seek evidence from them until the criminal investigation is over,” Hardin added. “Historically, they want to make sure they don’t interfere with the criminal investigation. When the criminal investigation is over, then they will do their own separate finishing up.”
Watson is currently the subject of a grand jury investigation in Texas, though Hardin downplayed that this week. The Texans might even be hoping that something happens with the case, as Watson recently snapped at the media (video here) and has been a distraction in training camp. But until that happens, it may simply be business as usual for his eligibility.
You could easily make the argument that the Houston Texans have been a disaster this offseason, highlighted of course by the Deshaun Watson trade demand and then sexual assault allegations. But even with all that going on, one NFL analyst is blown away by the job general manager Nick Caserio has done this offseason.
Ex-NFL player and Texans analyst Spencer Tillman said during Houston’s preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday that Caserio has put the Texans in a “wonderful position for the future and the present.” He then categorized Caserio’s offseason as the best for any GM in the past 10 years or more.
You can hear the remarks below:
Even Caserio would probably disagree with that. While some of what has happened with the Texans has been out of his control, he can’t be thrilled with the way the offseason has gone.
The Texans missed out on several top head coaching candidates before they hired David Culley. Watson was reportedly angry about that and not being consulted before Caserio was hired, which is one of the reasons he demanded a trade. Watson has since been accused of sexual assault by multiple women and recently snapped at the media during training camp. The situation has become a huge distraction.
It would be surprising if the Texans are competitive this season. We’re not sure why Tillman has been so impressed with Caserio, but the GM’s first offseason in Houston has been rocky to say the least.
Deshaun Watson returned to practice with the Houston Texans on Monday for the first time in a week. The star quarterback continues to prepare as if he will play in Week 1, but will it be for a new team? That hardly sounds like a given.
Watson requested a trade earlier in the offseason, and he still reportedly wants out of Houston. However, it appears his relationship with general manager Nick Caserio is civil, as the two were seen chatting prior to practice on Monday.
According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the Texans plan to keep Watson unless they receive a very strong trade offer for him. They are not entertaining lowball offers just because Watson is facing sexual assault allegations from numerous women.
That meshes with what Jay Glazer of FOX Sports said last week, which is that the Texans are not returning calls from interested teams and still want Watson to be their quarterback.
It remains to be seen if Watson will be suspended, but the fact that he was not placed on the commissioner’s exempt list prior to training camp is a positive sign for him. One team continues to be mentioned as a potential trade suitor if the Texans do want to move Watson, but it seems like they are waiting to see how the situation plays out.