Deshaun Watson Commerce Rumors: Texan’s QB has requested commerce, continues regardless of David Culley’s hiring

The worst kept secret in the NFL is finally out.

Deshaun Watson has reportedly asked Texans for a deal because his relationship with the organization can no longer be saved. The news came from ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday after the overnight announcement that Houston had hired David Culley as head coach. Watson made the trade inquiry “weeks ago” via Schefter.

Deshaun Watson has officially requested a trade from the Houston Texans Pro League sources. He actually did it weeks ago. Your new head coach, David Culley, has not and will not change Watson’s thinking.

– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2021

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Thursday’s news shouldn’t come as too surprising given Watson’s myriad issues with the team, some of which have been made public, related to hiring practices. Indeed, as early as January 18, some members of the organization feared that he had already played “his last snapshot” with the team.

That started with the hiring of former Patriots director of player staff Nick Caserio and continued with the team’s reported rejection of Watson’s requests, Eric Bieniemy (offensive coordinator of the chief) or Robert Saleh (defensive coordinator of the 49ers) for the vacant position as head coach interview.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston wanted to inform Watson that they wanted to hire Culley instead, who, at 65, is the oldest first-time head coach in NFL history. Otherwise, Schefter noted that Watson has not spoken to Caserio or team leader Jack Easterby since his trade inquiry.

Deshaun Watson has spoken neither with the new Texas general manager Nick Caserio nor with the managing director Jack Easterby. Watson goes on waiting to see where his NFL future takes him.

– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2021

Watson now has all the power in the trading situation. He clearly has a high price tag (at least first-rate players and significant draft capital) and can rely on his no-trade clause in case the Texans buy him from a team he doesn’t want to play for. Right now, Miami, New York, New England or San Francisco are the best bets for securing your talents.

The Texans will undoubtedly make significant returns for the quarterback if – when – this trade occurs. But the fact that they let him down so badly in the first place suggests that their organizational problems won’t subside once he’s gone.

Either way, it will no longer be Watson’s problem.

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