Deshaun Watson may have played his final snap with the Houston Texans, as multiple reports have stated that the Pro Bowl quarterback is very upset with the organization and is planning to request a trade once the offseason begins.
Deshaun Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract
Deshaun Watson signed a four-year, $156 million extension with the Texans before the 2020 season. He has a no-trade clause in his contract, meaning he can control his trade request.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Watson has to waive his no-trade clause for the Texans to deal him. That means he’ll land with a team he wants to play for if he demands a trade this offseason. Very few players in NFL history have been able to control their future, so Watson is lucky to have the no-trade clause in his contract.
The Texans won just four games in 2020. Watson led the NFL in passing yards with 4,823. He also threw 33 touchdowns while completing 70.2% of his passes. The 25-year-old is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and tired of the Texans franchise wasting his talents. Watson is not only upset that Houston traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals, but he’s also unhappy the front office didn’t include him in the hiring process for the team’s new general manager, Nick Caserio.
If Deshaun Watson decides to end his Texans career after four years and ask for a trade this offseason, 49ers veteran Richard Sherman has an idea for the star signal-caller.
Richard Sherman says Deshaun Watson should request a trade to the Jets
The New York Jets hired 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as their new head coach. Richard Sherman, who has always spoken highly of Saleh, says Deshaun Watson should request a trade to the Jets.
In December, Sherman spoke to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated about what makes Saleh a good coach to play for. The one-time Super Bowl champion said the Detroit Lions should have hired Saleh since he was born in Dearborn, Michigan, but Sherman is content with his former DC landing with the Jets.
“He’s a great leader of men,” Sherman said about Saleh. “And he’s not stubborn. He doesn’t just think he has all the answers. He comes up with a great plan and evolves it with his players. He’s a great human being. Makes you want to fight for him.”
The Jets have the second pick in the 2021 NFL draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars are widely expected to select Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick. Draft experts believe the Jets will draft Justin Fields if the franchise doesn’t acquire Deshaun Watson, something Richard Sherman clearly wants to see happen.
The NFL world is waiting to see what happens with the former Clemson star
NFL fans are anxious to see what happens with the Deshaun Watson situation. He’s a dynamic player who can change the course of a franchise. The Jets, who have been a walking disaster for years, have the assets to acquire Watson from the Texans should the QB waive his no-trade clause.
Other teams that have been mentioned in the Watson sweepstakes are the 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and Indianapolis Colts.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.