Ever since the Houston Texans traded star wideout DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals before the 2020 season, Deshaun Watson’s future in Clutch City has been up in the air. Even though the Texans signed Watson to a lucrative four-year, $156 million extension in September, the prevailing thought around the league was that the Pro Bowler would look to leave Houston after the 2020 season.
Those predications by league experts may be coming to fruition soon.
The Texans went 4-12 in 2020
The Texans were awful in 2020 despite having Deshaun Watson. The team went 4-12 and finished in third place in the AFC South standings. Houston’s four wins came against the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, and Detroit Lions. The Texans beat the Jaguars twice.
Everyone in the NFL knew Houston was going to struggle in 2020. After all, the team foolishly traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for a washed-up David Johnson, who only rushed for 691 yards and scored six touchdowns in 12 games with the Texans. Even though the Cardinals missed the playoffs in the NFC, Hopkins put up spectacular numbers. He caught 115 balls for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns.
Watson did the smart thing by signing a huge extension with the Texans, guaranteeing him and his family generational money. The 25-year-old threw for 4,823 yards in 2020 and tossed 33 touchdowns. Watson led the NFL in passing yards, so he clearly didn’t let his newfound money change his work ethic and love for the game.
Now that he has long-term money, Watson can control his NFL future, and it appears he’s done with the Texans.
Deshaun Watson “has no plans” to be with the Texans
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Deshaun Watson “is one unhappy camper and has no plans to be with the Houston Texans anytime soon, if ever.”
The Texans promised to give Watson input on who the team should hire as the new GM and head coach. However, Houston hired Nick Caserio to be the general manager without consulting Watson. The Texans also declined to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for the head coaching vacancy despite Watson’s suggestion that Bieniemy should be on their wishlist.
While Houston tried to do some damage control by requesting permission to interview Bieniemy after Watson’s frustrations leaked, they can only interview the offensive guru once the Chiefs’ playoff run ends since the Texans didn’t interview him during Kansas City’s bye week.
All signs point toward Watson demanding a trade this offseason. The relationship between the star quarterback and the Texans’ front office appears to be unfixable.
Does Deshaun Watson want to play for the Dolphins?
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Deshaun Watson is open to getting traded to the Miami Dolphins. Miami would likely have to send Houston Tua Tagovailoa in exchange for Watson, one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL.
Since entering the league in 2017, Watson has appeared in 54 games. He’s thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns while completing 67.8% of his passes. Watson has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 touchdowns. The three-time Pro Bowler is an exceptional leader and competitor, and teams around the NFL will be lining up to acquire him if he does demand a trade.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.