Texans' Deshaun Watson Requests Trade
Deshaun Watson might finally get his wish.
Deshaun Watson officially has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, per league sources. He actually did it weeks ago. Their new head-coaching hire, David Culley, has not and will not alter Watson’s thinking.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2021
While the request was made weeks ago, it was officially reported a day after the Texans hired Ravens assistant coach and pass-game coordinator David Culley as the franchise's next coach.
Watson, who inked a four-year, $156 million extension with the Texans in September, has little leverage other than a no-trade clause.
Here's Houston's leverage, if used:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2021
*Can fine Deshaun Watson $95,877 for missing minicamp.
*Can fine him $50,000 per day for each day of training camp missed, plus one week salary -- $620,000 -- for each preseason game missed.
*If he retires, Texans can collect $21.6 million.
Although Watson might not have a ton of leverage, it's hard to envision the three-time Pro Bowler playing another snap with the Texans.
Which NFL teams need Watson the most? We picked the five franchises that desperately need to go all-in to acquire the passer here.
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