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Jeff Driskel making surprising position change for Texans

Jeff Driskel at training camp

The Houston Texans appear to be going full galaxy brain mode.

The team revealed on Thursday that backup quarterback Jeff Driskel will be moving over to the tight end position, per Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle. Texans position coach Andy Bischoff added that Driskel’s speed and size should help him make the change, which could lengthen his career.

The former University of Florida star Driskel checks in at 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds. He was known as a versatile athlete in college and even got drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 MLB Draft. Driskel has made nine career starts at the quarterback position, but none have come with the Texans.

The 1-8 Texans no longer need the depth at QB now that Tyrod Taylor has returned from injury. But their tight end spot is a bit of a mess, as Jordan Akins leads the position with 21 catches for 184 yards and zero touchdowns.

Still, this is a pretty unexpected change for the 28-year-old Driskel. The transition from quarterback to tight end is a rare one, though we have seen one well-known player attempt it at the NFL level.

Photo: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) points during Bengals training camp on Aug. 6, 2019, in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare / The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Deshaun Watson not traded to Dolphins due to lack of ‘contingencies’

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is going to remain with the Houston Texans through at least the end of the season. Not surprisingly, the star quarterback’s impending legal situation was reportedly the main reason he was not traded ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.

The Miami Dolphins were always viewed as the most logical suitor for Watson. They discussed a potential deal with the Texans, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the two sides were not able to come to an agreement. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross ultimately decided not to acquire Watson after certain “contingencies” were not met.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Ross was only given permission to speak with Watson about a trade last night. That made it even more difficult to work out a deal.

Watson is facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women. Some of them have filed complaints with the police, but prosecutors have not yet determined if he will face charges. Despite that, the Texans were still asking for a massive haul in return for Watson. Teams like the Dolphins likely wanted some sort of assurance that they could recoup some draft capital if Watson winds up being charged. It’s no surprise the Texans were not interested in that type of agreement.

The Texans appear to have moved on from Watson, but they will now have to wait until the offseason to trade him.

Report: Only one team in play for Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

The Houston Texans are open to moving Deshaun Watson ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, but it does not sound like they will be able to create any type of bidding war for the star quarterback.

The Miami Dolphins are the only team with an actual shot at landing Watson in a trade, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Sunday. Watson is only willing to waive his no-trade clause for Miami, and the two teams have continued to discuss a potential deal.

Rapoport notes that there is “some urgency” on both sides to complete a trade, but the discussions are complicated for obvious reasons. Watson is facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women. He has not been placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, and that is unlikely to change even if he’s traded. However, his legal situation remains unresolved.

A report this week claimed another team made a massive offer for Watson. That team has since denied pursuing Watson. Again, the the quarterback is reportedly unwilling to waive his no-trade clause for any team other than the Dolphins.

If Watson is traded before Tuesday, it will almost certainly be to Miami. Otherwise, the Texans will likely have to revisit the talks during the offseason.

Panthers willing to trade huge piece for Deshaun Watson?

Deshaun Watson in the rain

The Carolina Panthers remain in hot pursuit of Deshaun Watson, and may be willing to go to substantial lengths to entice the Houston Texans to make a deal.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Panthers have made acquiring Watson a priority ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline. Carolina is so eager to acquire the quarterback that they have reportedly offered running back Christian McCaffrey and three high draft picks to the Texans. Houston continues to hold out for three first-round selections, however, and would prefer younger, less expensive pieces than McCaffrey.

It wasn’t long ago that McCaffrey was seen as one of the most valuable offensive pieces in the NFL, and he’s still only 25. After playing three games last year, combined with another IR stint in 2021, Carolina might be ready to cut bait. He’s also headed into the first year of a contract extension that will make him the highest-paid running back in the sport.

In his last healthy season, McCaffrey tallied a league-best 2,392 yards from scrimmage. If the Panthers are really offering him up for Watson, it demonstrates how serious they are about acquiring the quarterback. They might have to convince Watson to join them first, though.

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

Mark Ingram thanks Texans for classy gesture before trading him

Mark Ingram during a game

Mark Ingram is happy that he was traded from the 1-6 Houston Texans to the New Orleans Saints this week, but he has no hard feelings toward his former team. In fact, it sounds like the move made the veteran running back think even more highly of them.

Ingram praised the Texans on Friday for being “transparent with me and honest with me” before they traded him to New Orleans. He said they informed him that the Saints had inquired about him and let him decide if he wanted to be traded.

“They said if it was any other team, this wouldn’t even be a discussion,” Ingram said. “But out of respect for me and what I’ve done throughout my career and how I started (in New Orleans), they wanted to give me the option of making a decision.”

Ingram said he slept on it and went in the following day and thanked Texans coach David Culley and general manager Nick Caserio for their understanding. The 31-year-old informed the team that he would appreciate being traded to the Saints, and the deal was made.

Ingram spent the first eight seasons of his career in New Orleans. The Saints have a need for a big back like him alongside Alvin Kamara, and they are certainly in a better position to contend than Houston.

One Texans player may have been furious that the team traded Ingram, but Ingram clearly welcomed the change.

Photo: Nov 29, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Brandin Cooks ticked off with Texans over Mark Ingram trade

Brandin Cooks after a catch

The Houston Texans made a trade Wednesday that appears unpopular with at least one member of their team.

As first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Texans traded running back Mark Ingram to New Orleans. Ingram will help take some of the load off Alvin Kamara, who hasn’t had a capable backup all season.

The Texans, on the other hand, are going nowhere, and this deal underlines that. It did not sit well with wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who sent a critical tweet that appeared to be related to the reported deal.

“This is bulls–t. Such a joke,” Cooks tweeted minutes after the report.

Unfortunately for Cooks, this is the situation Houston is in. When one of the franchise’s most iconic players has this to say about facing them, you know the organization is in disarray. If Cooks is lucky, he may be the next veteran out the door, because the organization is heading for a full rebuild.

Cooks is Houston’s leading receiver by some distance, with 45 catches for 502 yards and a touchdown on the season.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) runs the ball for a first down against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

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