Deshaun Watson is apparently willing to give up tens of millions of dollars to force the Texans to trade him.
According to various reports, Watson doesn’t care about the money and that he just wants out of Houston because his relationship with the team is unfixable.
“He could incur $3 million-plus in fines during that process, but he does not care. I’m told the relationship is simply too far gone right now” pic.twitter.com/MM4wgSw0ne
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 26, 2021
Here’s NFL insider Peter King’s report on the Rich Eisen Show
One of Deshaun Watson’s friends, somebody close to him, told me this week that the money is not going to mean anything to Deshaun,” King shared. “That if he says that he’s not playing for the Texans, he sad ‘I think you can take it to the bank.’”
As of now, the Texans are still adamant that they will not trade Watson and are not even entertaining phone calls from interested teams.
Houston continues to avoid conversations with teams in regards to trading Deshaun Watson per sources. They are refusing to trade their franchise QB.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) February 25, 2021
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk did the math and Watson would lose out on over $20 million if he decided to follow through on his promise to sit out the season.
From mandatory minicamp fines to training-camp fines to fines for missed preseason games to lost regular-season salary to forfeited signing bonus allocation, Texans QB Deshaun Watson could lose more than $20 million if he sits out all of 2021. https://t.co/17K6nOTZf5
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 27, 2021
First, if the 2021 offseason has a mandatory minicamp and if Watson skips it, he’ll be subject to a fine in the amount of $93,085.
Second, if Watson skips training camp he’d be fined $50,000 per day. With 40 days in camp and six mandatory days off, that’s 34 days that Watson would miss, at a total fine of $1.7 million.
Third, he’d be fined the amount of a regular-season game check for each preseason game he misses. At a base salary of $10.54 million, that’s $620,000 per game. If, as expected, the 2021 season has three preseason games, he’d lose another $1.86 million.
Thus, for the offseason, training camp, and preseason, Watson would incur $3.653 million in fines if he doesn’t show up.
If Watson then skips the season — and if the NFL stages 17 games — he’d lose another $11.16 million in base salary.
On top of that, skipping the season would allow the Texans to recover Watson’s signing-bonus allocation for 2021. That’s $5.4 million in money that he’d have to return.
So if my math is correct (and it rarely is), skipping 2021 would spark a total financial loss of $20.213 million.
It’s tough to believe that Watson would actually sacrifice all that money just to spite the Texans.