Texans' Deshaun Watson Requests Trade
Deshaun Watson might finally get his wish.
After being "extremely unhappy" with the Texans organization, Deshaun Watson has officially requested a trade from Houston, according to ESPN.
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.
The Dolphins and Jets are rumored to be Watson's most likely landing spot.
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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