As NFL teams seek to finalize their 53-man rosters ahead of the 2021 season, the Texans remain in a holding pattern when it comes to the status of Deshaun Watson.
The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback has been the subject of trade rumors for months, but Houston isn’t backing down from its asking price. During an appearance on Tuesday’s edition of “Good Morning Football,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that, while there is always the possibility of a massive offer blowing the Texans away, the most likely outcome is “we are talking about Watson’s football future for weeks and months to come.”
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“The Texans want three first-round picks and more for Watson. They have received some strong offers, but from what I am told, the Texans have not budged,” Pelissero said. “And the message other teams have gotten is, if the Texans don’t get what they want, they are willing to wait, perhaps even until after this season.”
It will be a challenge for Houston to receive what it believes is a fair package until there is some clarity on Watson’s legal situation. He has been accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault in 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints. The NFL is also conducting an investigation, but it has not offered an update or placed Watson on the commissioner’s exempt list.
Only further complicating matters is the fact that Watson has a no-trade clause, giving him some control over potential landing spots. The 25-year-old reportedly would waive that no-trade clause in order to join the Dolphins, but he isn’t interested in being a member of the Eagles.
Put all of these complicated elements together, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Texans paying Watson to not play for several weeks — or the entire season.