The Houston Texans-Deshaun Watson drama is still unfolding in a very public manner.
Last week, after the Texans announced they had hired Nick Caserio to become their next GM Watson took to Twitter and posted a cryptic tweet that expressed his dissatisfaction with the move.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter would go on to reveal that the three-time Pro Bowl QB was angrier with the team this time around compared to when DeAndre Hopkins got traded.
Also worth noting: One source said this week that, after Houston traded Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last off-season, Deshaun Watson’s anger level was “a 2….This time, it’s a 10.” https://t.co/CsqZYbe3OK
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2021
Watson is said to be furious over the decision, and others are as well, with some saying that there will be employees who wind up leaving the organization during the offseason.
Watson is on vacation, and McNair said he expects to speak with the quarterback once he returns. But how that will go, if it happens, remains uncertain. Some around the league believe that Watson could opt to withhold his services this season. Watson has not commented on that option, but others insist it will be in play.
One person who knows Watson said this week that, after the Texans traded Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last offseason, the quarterback’s anger level was “a 2. … This time, it’s a 10.”
On Friday after, Texans owner Cal McNair spoke with the Houston Chronicle and claimed that he’s been texting with Watson in an attempt to patch things up after the Caserio hiring.
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“We want him in the loop and part of this process,” McNair said Friday, per John McClain of The Houston Chronicle.
Not doing so prior to last week’s hiring of GM Nick Caserio alienated the QB, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, and left McNair unable to get in contact with his best player.
McNair said he and Watson are back on texting terms but wouldn’t disclose what they’ve discussed.
“Deshaun and I connected over text since he’s returned from vacation,” McNair said. “It’s no secret he’s disappointed in the (lack of) communication during the hiring process.”
Watson initially took to Twitter to voice his frustration, writing “some things never change” soon after the Caserio news came out. While the post was later deleted, trade speculation surrounding an “extremely unhappy” Watson caught fire.
Hours after McNair’s interview dropped, Watson took to Twitter to post another cryptic tweet.
NFL fans predictably starting freaking out.
it’s that time pic.twitter.com/L7Bf9Rm6L5
— justin (@justin_elam3) January 15, 2021
— The Draft Network (@TheDraftNetwork) January 15, 2021