And after weeks of rumors and reports that he wants out, the disgruntled QB has finally, officially, requested a trade.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Watson has officially requested a trade from the Texans organization and would waive his no-trade clause to get a deal done. Of course, as Ian Rapoport pointed out, he could decide which teams to waive that clause for.
But despite the request now being official, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero noted that while it may have been reported now, the request “didn’t happen recently.” The Texans have known Watson’s intentions for quite a while now.
Teams have been calling, but the Texans “have shown no interest in trading him.”
Houston officially finalized their head coach hiring process Wednesday night hiring Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach David Culley in what many believed was a surprising choice.
Evidently, the hiring of Culley hasn’t changed Watson’s mind. He wants out.
Schefter insisted that Watson has not spoken to either new general manager Nick Caserio or high-ranking executive Jack Easterby in recent weeks. He simply has decided that he wants to move on.
Perhaps no team has been as closely connected to trade rumors regarding Watson as the Jets have. Partially because they’re one of the few teams that would realistically have the draft capital needed to land him in a trade.
The NY Jets should and will be very interested in Deshaun Watson
The Jets not only have the assets, but the desire and financial flexibility to make a deal happen. Of course, it will take two willing parties for that to occur, but expect general manager Joe Douglas to keep calling.
At the moment, the plan at the quarterback position has seemingly been between either retaining the incumbent Sam Darnold or finding his replacement in the 2021 NFL Draft, likely with the No. 2 overall pick.
But Watson, understandably, changes everything.
If Watson is on the table, there is no greater option. And if Watson were to be traded this offseason, it’s safe to say that NFL history would be made.
A trade like this — of a 25-year-old who’s already established as a top-five quarterback — has never occurred before. This would be unprecedented in every sense of the word.
Watson has made his intentions very clear. Let the games begin.