It’s only February, and we still have over two months until the 2021 NFL Draft or any sort of attention that could divert the Houston Texans away from Deshaun Watson. Needless to say, it is going to be a long offseason in Houston as new general manager Nick Caserio has his hands full on top of trying to work through the negative cap space and aging roster.
There is no doubt the Texans will have suitors for their star quarterback, and there is no question there will be multiple team
s willing to pay the steep asking price for Watson. However, the question now has to be asked: is Houston going to stand their ground and force the hand of Watson even further?
Caserio, Texans show no interest in trading their QB
While Watson may want out, Houston has shown no interest in moving their star quarterback, as one general manager has stated, “…he hasn’t heard anything from Houston that makes him think Watson will be traded, and he suggested this is mainly a media-driven story.”
And apparently, the Texans have not even been willing to listen to listen to any offers regarding Watson:
"“According to two high-level executives from different teams in the QB market, Texans brass have told interested teams that they will not be having any conversations about trading Watson.”"
This has an eerily similar feel to that of Trent Williams and his standoff with Washington. In this case, it ended in Washington refusing to trade him, Williams refusing to play, and his value tanking all the way down to just a third round pick for one of the best left tackles in the game.
If the Texans refuse to trade him, and if Watson refuses to suit up, it is only going to hurt the front office in Houston and their reward for their quarterback will become significantly less.
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Raiders interested in Deshaun Watson
One team showing significant interest in moving their quarterback this offseason, and have been named as a team in on Watson are the Las Vegas Raiders. It appears Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have seen enough of Derek Carr, as they are looking for a fresh start under-center in Vegas.
Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has stated the Raiders would be interested in not only moving on from Carr (calling him a sought-after commodity), but also potentially packaging him in a blockbuster deal for Watson.
"“For that to happen, the Raiders would have to receive two first-round picks for Carr from a team other than the Texans, which they would then package with their own first-rounders in 2021 and 2022 to present a compelling offer of four first-round picks to the Texans for Watson, who has reportedly asked be traded.”"
It takes two to tango, however, and the Texans are not willing to budge at this point. That may change, however, when they realize Watson may force his hand even further. For now, Watson is a Texan, and Caserio and his team are not interested in having any further discussion at this time. This is shaping up to come to a crash course sooner rather than later.