The Houston Texans have seemed to be a laughing stock in the NFL for quite some time now. It seems like Bill O’Brien was making weird decisions well before the Deandre Hopkins trade but that one really cemented things. Then the Texans fired BOB and it seemed like things were going to start trending upwards for Houston. Sure, they didn’t have a first round pick and it seemed like J.J. Watt would certainly force himself out of Houston but they still had Deshaun Watson, right?
Well it doesn’t look like that is the case anymore. As of Thursday morning, Watson has confirmed what the rumors have all been talking about and he has asked for a trade right out of H-Town in hopes for playing for a franchise that hasn’t totally gone to crap. After Watson requested the trade, Adam Schefter said this:
“Deshaun Watson hasn’t spoken to new Texans general manager Nick Caserio nor executive Jack Easterby. Watson is moving on and waiting to see where his NFL future takes him.”
Here is the issue with the Houston Texans. They have a generational talent at quarterback who they just signed to a massive contract extension. He had input on who he wanted to be interviewed for the head coach and GM position. While they didn’t have to go out and hire the guys that he listed, they should have at the very least just interviewed them. But instead the two coaches, Robert Saleh and Eric Bieniemy were never even contacted by the Texans.
That seems like blatant disrespect to a player who is really the only good thing they have going for them at the moment. It also seems like JJ Watt is two steps out the door and the Texans don’t even have a first round pick to begin to rebuild. The best thing they can probably do is trade the quarterback who clearly does not want to play there and see how many first round picks they can get in return.
They hired David Culley on Wednesday night who was an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens and led their passing game. That unit ranked last in the NFL in 2020 by the way. It doesn’t seem like this was the hire Watson wanted as less than 24 hours after hiring a 65-year-old with no head coaching experience, Watson wants out.
Houston Texans Options
The way I see it, the Texans have three options that are really not bad when it comes to Watson. They need to trade him to a team that can deliver a starting quarterback in return and a first round pick.
The first team is the Jets. They could trade Darnold and their second overall pick in return for Watson. He likes that Saleh is the head coach there and would waive his no-trade clause.
The second team is the Dolphins. They could provide Tua Tagovailoa and their third overall pick, which is actually the pick the Texans would have if they didn’t trade it away.
The third team is the 49ers. The Texans could get Jimmy Garrapolo, two firsts, and maybe one of the 300 running backs the team has in return for Watson. Deshaun teaming up with Kyle Shannahan would be fun to watch.
The problem with all of this is that the Texans have made a statement that they are not interested in trading Watson. This could obviously cause a lot of issues and could even lead to Watson sitting out for the 2021-2022 season. Whatever is to happen the Texans have to make a move soon. This could become a disastrous situation quickly.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com