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The Texans remain hopeful of moving former Pro Bowler Deshaun Watson and several veteran players ahead of the NFL's looming trade deadline, with Miami still the most aggressive suitor for the quarterback who is facing 22 allegations of sexual assault or sexual misconduct.

Watson will not play or practice for the Texans this season as authorities investigate the widespread allegations against him, but that has not prevented them from engaging in trade talks with a small handful of teams. League sources continue to assert that no team has been as motivated to consummate a trade before the deadline than Miami, but the Dolphins and Texans still have yet to agree on trade compensation and there are no guarantees either side budges sufficiently to complete a transaction by the Nov. 2 deadline.

The NFL could place Watson on the commissioner's exempt list should a team acquire him with the intent of playing him; his status with the Texans is akin to being on that list -- paid not to play -- without the league having to actually apply that roster designation on him. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been open to acquiring Watson dating to the offseason -- with the player making it widely known he would not play again for the Texans even before the allegations against him became public -- but the Texans demand for essentially five-to-six premium assets for Watson has been more than the market value among other teams.

The Texans are seeking as many cheap future pieces (draft picks or young players on rookie deals) as rookie general manager Nick Caserio tries to rebuild the franchise and get out from under years of major roster bungles before he arrived. Several GMs told me they believed left tackle Laremy Tunsil would have been traded had he not been injured earlier this month, and injured starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is another veterans they believe could still be dealt as he heals from a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 2.

Sources said that in general the Texans are looking to feature as many young players as possible (hence the release of former stalwart pass rusher Whitney Mercilus last week, with many of Houston's older players eager to be dealt by the deadline. It would not surprise some in that organization if Caserio opted to continue playing rookie QB Davis Mills even if Taylor is ready to return and still in Houston. Other veterans who could be on the move in the next week include little-used running back Phillip Lindsay, linebacker Christian Kirksey, and corner Desmond King.

With the NFL regular season expanding now, and few teams in general ready to move wholesale talent at the NFL deadline, historically, there are few teams as outwardly positioned to sell off players as the Texans. Many of the other worst teams in the league are very early in new programs with coaches or execs just recently hired, and they have already torn down their rosters. The Texans resisted doing so a year ago (when JJ Watt wanted out, among others), furthering Caserio's plight, and his colleagues around the league believe he is motivated to make moves during this trade window while he still can.

If that is to include Watson, it will likely require a recalibration on the asking price, as after Nov. 2 the Texans would not be able to officially consummate another trade until the start of the new league year next March (though such deals can be agreed upon prior). There remains no timetable as to when any charges might be forthcoming for Watson, or when any investigations might be complete.