The Deshaun Watson-Texans could end up getting real awkward soon.
Earlier in the week, Pro Football Talk’s Chris Simms reported that Watson was done playing with the Texans and was willing to sit out the season if the team didn’t trade him.
Chris Simms "Deshaun Watson will not play with the Houston Texans ever again and he's willing to sit out football for the year if he has to" pic.twitter.com/i8yaHG2ZXG
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I’ve been led to believe this—that there’s no way that Deshaun Watson will play for the Houston Texans again,. “I have been told by somebody that I trust that says ‘Deshaun Watson will not play for the Houston Texans ever again, and he’s willing to sit out football for the year if he has to.’ That’s where I’ve been led to understand this situation and where it’s at right now, and like I said, it’s someone that I trust very much.”
According to Bleacher Report’s Kalyn Kahler, the Texans have told two high-level execs that they’re not going to have conversations about trading Watson.
Via Bleacher Report
According to two high-level executives from different teams in the quarterback market, Texans brass have told interested teams that they will not be having any conversations about trading Watson.
“We’ve been told ‘no’ from them directly,” one of the executives said.
Interested teams are putting plans together, he continued. “But I don’t think the Texans are listening.”
The second executive said he isn’t sure what to make of Houston not wanting to talk about a Watson trade. There’s new leadership in town, but the organization has been such a mess.
“It’s Houston right now,” he said. “They don’t have any rhyme or reason on what they have done over the last year-and-a-half.”
iF Watson does indeed follow through on his promise to sit out the season if he doesn’t get trade it could end up costing him a lot of money.
With a $10.54M salary in 2021, Deshaun Watson would stand to lose $620,000 per game missed.
They can fine him almost $100,000 if he misses minicamp.
They can fine him $50,000 per training camp day missed.
They can fine him $620,000 per preseason game missed.
— Spotrac (@spotrac) January 28, 2021
It’s going to be interesting who flinches first between Watson and the Texans this offseason.