The situation in Houston between QB Deshaun Watson and the Texans is starting to get real awkward as the two sides refuse to budge from their current stances.
For the past few months, Watson has insisted that he wants to be traded by the team but on Thursday, ESPN’s Dianni Russini revealed that the Texans are refusing to trade him and are avoiding having conversations with teams that are interested in acquiring the disgruntled QB.
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
Russini’s report comes just days after Watson met with the Texans’ new head coach David Culley for the first time and straight up told him he has no intention of playing another snap for the team.
Per sources, Texans QB Deshaun Watson met with new Texans head coach David Culley last Friday. In that meeting Watson reiterated that he wants to be traded and told Culley he has no intention of playing for the Texans again. No change from Watson's end. He remains dug in.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) February 25, 2021
Last month NFL insider Chris Simms reported that sources are telling him that Watson is willing to sit out the year if he’s not traded by the Texans
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
— Viral Sports (@NotScTop10plays) February 2, 2021
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.”
If Watson does indeed follow through on his promise to sit out the season he would end up sacrificing $620k per game in forfeited salary.
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