It seems like Texans QB Deshaun Watson may be thinking about forcing his way out of Houston.
After the team’s final game of the season, Watson spoke to the media and gave his honest assessment of what changes need to be made within the organization.
“We just need a whole culture shift,” “We just need new energy. We just need discipline. We need structure. We need a leader so we can follow that leader as players.”
We’ve all got to be on the same page,” Watson said. “There’s too many different minds, too many different ideas and too many people thinking they have this power, and it’s not like that. We need someone that stands tall, and this is who we follow and this is the way it goes.”
Earlier this week the Texans announced they were hiring former Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio as their new GM which prompted Watson to post a cryptic tweet which he later deleted.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, sources are telling him that Watson has approached teammates about possible requesting a trade if the team doesn’t consult him on their next coaching hire.
The Texans have suggested that they’ll listen to quarterback Deshaun Watson when hiring a coach. But what if they ultimately don’t hire the person he’d like to be coached by?
Rumors already are circulating, and we’ve already heard them from multiple different people, that Watson has quietly broached with teammates the possibility of requesting a trade. If that’s happening, it may just be a strategic effort to ensure his views are respected by ownership. Regardless, it raises the stakes and crosses a bridge and potentially sets the foundation for Watson eventually to decide that he’d like to continue his career elsewhere.
If Watson does indeed request a trade the Texans’ asking price will be insanely high for a QB of his caliber.