Watson is willing to sit out the preseason and even miss regular-season games if the Texans don't agree to trade him, independent NFL journalist Dov Kleiman reports. Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reported Thursday that Watson has already informed new Texans coach David Culley that he has no intention of playing for the team again, so announcing a willingness to skip games is simply the star signal-caller doubling down on his position. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports Houston still isn't taking trade inquiries for Watson, making it notable the team could fine the 25-year-old over $3 million if he skips events such the offseason minicamp, plus preseason and regular-season games. Of course, if Watson is indeed as firmly entrenched in his desire to be traded as it seems, the Texans could ultimately be forced to relent and recoup losses rather than play hardball. Watson's no-trade clause could complicate eventual negotiations, as any final deal would require his approval; however, Houston should still be positioned receive multiple first-round picks in return for the three-time Pro Bowler.
Watson met with David Culley last Friday and told the Texans' new coach he has no intention of playing for the team, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. Watson reiterated his trade request, shutting the door on any notion that a new coach might convince him to stick around. No matter, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports the Texans are still avoiding trade conversations and insisting they won't deal their disgruntled QB. In the unlikely event of neither side budging, the Texans will be able to fine Watson for every practice and game he misses, as the young QB is under contract through 2025 after signing a four-year extension in September. The deal includes a no-trade clause, which means Watson will have some say in the process if the Texans eventually relent and consider trade offers.
Texans GM Nick Caserio said he has "zero interest" in trading Watson, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Watson requested a trade earlier in January, and a recent report from Adam Schefter of ESPN suggests the hiring of head coach David Culley isn't likely to change the quarterback's mind. It sounds like the Texans will continue their attempt to mend the relationship, hoping to convince Watson that things will be different under a new coaching staff and front office. The Watson/Texans saga will be the biggest story of the 2021 NFL offseason.
Watson requested a trade a few weeks ago, and he isn't expected to change his mind after the Texans hired David Culley as their new head coach, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Watson is frustrated with the direction (or lack thereof) of the organization, so he's hoping to force a trade despite signing a four-year, $156 million extension in September. The Texans could try to play hardball and convince him to stay, but it seems more likely that they'll explore trade possibilities, as Watson appears set on leaving. Potential suitors include the Dolphins, Jets, Panthers, Broncos and 49ers.
There is a belief around the Texans organization that Watson has played his last snap with the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. There has been a rift forming between Watson and Texans chairman Cal McNair, which intensified when McNair left Watson out of the hiring process that ultimately landed general manager Nick Caserio. Houston is yet to hire a head coach, but it appears Watson will want out regardless of who ultimately takes that job. The Texans would likely receive a robust trade package in return for Watson should the team opt to go that route, and ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes the Dolphins are the most likely landing spot in such a scenario given the team's ample draft capital and Watson's admiration for coach Brian Flores.
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