As NFL teams look to finalize their 53-man rosters ahead of the 2021 season, the Texans remain deadlocked over Deshaun Watson’s status.
The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback has been the subject of trade rumors for months, but Houston isn’t backing down from his 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 wowing the Texans, the most likely outcome is “we’re talking about the future of Watson’s football for weeks and months to come.”
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“The Texans want three and more first-round picks for Watson. They’ve received some solid offers, but from what I’m told, the Texans haven’t budged,” Pelissero said. “And the message the other teams have received is that if the Texans don’t get what they want, they’re willing to wait, maybe even 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 position. He was charged with sexual misconduct and sexual assault in 22 civil suits and 10 criminal complaints. The NFL is also investigating, but it has not offered an update or placed Watson on the commissioner’s bye list.
The fact that Watson has a no-trade clause only further complicates matters, giving him some control over potential landing points. The 25-year-old has reportedly waived that no-trade clause to join the Dolphins, but he’s not interested in being a member of the Eagles.
Put all of those complicated pieces together, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Texans paying Watson not to play for several weeks – or the entire season.