Texans Telegram: Agent of Deshaun Watson shuts down rumor
By Cory Kinnan
Now moving into February, we are a little over a month away from the start of the new league year, and from free agency and trades. While trades can be agreed to in principle (see Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams), they cannot actually make their way through the league office until the start of the new league year. This is pertinent information for the fans of the Houston Texans.
As of today, superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson is still a member of the Texans, as the front office continues to voice their support of him. However, he remains a big talking point in today’s Texans Telegram.
Deshaun Watson, Texans rumor squashed
Another day, another wacky Dan Sileo rumor.
The Connecticut radio host has been known to stir the pot and spew random rumors that never pan out, and he has done so again with Watson and the Texans. Sileo tweeted that Watson’s agent had informed the team that Watson will not report to any offseason activities, and got a response from someone close to the situation: Watson’s agent David Mulugheta.
There is still a great chance that Watson will not report to camp as he has formally requested a trade. However, Sileo throwing darts against the wall and hoping one sticks does not deserve to be rewarded.
The return of Lovie Smith
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After failures as a head coach at both the NFL and college level, most recently at the University of Illinois, Lovie Smith is back as a coordinator. The Texans have the man to run their defense, as new head coach David Culley hires Smith to become the defensive coordinator in Houston. Will Smith ever get a head coaching job? This is to be seen, but having success as an NFL coordinator is a way to stoke those flames once again.
Colts are wiser than most
There are nearly 20 teams looking for a new quarterback this offseason, with the Texans among them. Another team, however, are their division rival Indianapolis Colts. The Colts and general manager are smarter than most, as they reportedly already know they have no shot to land Watson via trade.
Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the Colts know Watson will not be traded in division, seemingly not wasting their breath on an attempt to land the disgruntled quarterback. This is more self-awareness than other big named analysts who have tried to put together a trade package for the first overall pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team Houston would never deal Watson to.