Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans just finished a rather disappointing 2020/21 NFL season, where they couldn’t compete after dismantling a very talented team. Bill O’Brien did a terrible job at the front office and Watson was the biggest victim of that.
He still put incredible numbers this season but that wasn’t enough to take this team to the promised land. Now the Texans have a lot of questions to answer this offseason and one of those could involve Watson and his future with the league.
Although he’s still young, the former Clemson player wants to win and if that can’t happen in Houston, he wouldn’t have a problem asking to be traded. This is complicated knowing that he just signed a huge contract last offseason.
Deshaun Watson could reportedly ask for a trade from the Texans
According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports, Watson could be putting the pieces together to request a trade from the Texans, something unthinkable at the start of this season. Things have changed a lot for everybody and Deshaun could be on his way out.
"Rumors already are circulating, and we’ve already heard them from multiple different people, that Watson has quietly broached with teammates the possibility of requesting a trade. If that’s happening, it may just be a strategic effort to ensure his views are respected by ownership.
"As the Texans decide on their next coach (and it presumably will be someone represented by Bob LaMonte, for reasons to be addressed later today), keep an eye on the possibility that Watson will respond by making it known privately, and possibly publicly, that he’s ready to move on and move out."
Moreover, Benjamin Allbright of KOA Colorado dared to ask what would be the best package to get Watson traded as soon as possible. The response was something else, as the Texans aren’t thinking about parting with their franchise player.
Tyrann Mathieu names the teams that should trade for Watson
Former teammate Tyrann Mathieu has given his two pennies on this matter, expressing what teams he believes should give it a run at Watson this offseason. He named New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears as very good destinations for the player.
The Niners don’t have anything to do here since they have expressed their support to Jimmy Garopolo, the player who took them to the Super Bowl last season. Saints and Bears appear to have a better chance and willingness to land Watson.
Drew Brees is reportedly retiring at the end of this season and Watson could be a great replacement for the veteran. As for the Bears, they struggled this season with Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles so they need a QB ASAP.
Nothing is official now. Watson hasn’t requested anything and no team has inquired about him. Time will tell how this situation will end. Just when we didn’t have any drama in the NFL, these reports see the light.