The Houston Texans have fallen to one of the league’s worst records through the first seven weeks of the 2020 season. The Texans are well out of the playoff picture, with a steep hill to climb to even get back into contention. With that territory comes the tough conversation around J.J. Watt‘s future in Houston as the trade deadline draws closer.
Texans stumble to a disappointing 2020 season start
The Houston Texans have stumbled out of the gate to begin the 2020 season, falling well out of the playoff picture.
Houston has dropped six out of their first seven games that have quickly led the franchise to fire longtime head coach Bill O’Brien. The team has experienced significant struggles defensively, while their offense hasn’t quite found their footing despite star quarterback Deshaun Watson guiding the charge.
The porous start has also put another conversation on the table that many Texans fans don’t want to hear concerning J.J. Watt.
Should J.J. Watt ask for a trade?
Since entering the NFL, J.J. Watt has put together a Hall of Fame-caliber career that has seen him become one of the faces of the franchise in Houston.
Watt has put forth some impressive campaigns while establishing himself as one of the game’s top defensive talents. However, the Texans have quickly moved well away from contending for even the playoffs this season.
Although the 2020 campaign has yet to reach the halfway point, it’s fair to put forth the possibility of Watt exploring the option of a trade request. There hasn’t been anywhere near the discussion to suggest that he’s considering this route, but it’s a more than a plausible path for legitimate reasons.
The 31-year-old has put forth some highly productive seasons, but he’s nearing the backend of his current contract. Watt is in the fifth year of his six-year, $100 million deal, making it easier for another team to take the financial commitment. His contract situation could present an opportunity to join a team that has realistic Super Bowl aspirations.
Although it would be a tough pill for Texans fans to swallow, Watt has put forth everything he has during his tenure with the franchise. He has battled through numerous injuries in the last few years, but it would be a decision that Watt makes with his best interest in mind regarding the rest of his football career.
His future in Houston remains in his hands
J.J. Watt has proven throughout his career that he is the definition of loyalty with the Houston Texans.
Watt has managed through the tough seasons with the franchise while being a crucial part of their success over the last few years when healthy. However, the Texans are experiencing a transition period, where a culture shift is needed to guide them toward a stable future. Their path toward that begins with finding their next head coach.
The star defensive end already voiced over the past offseason that he wasn’t going to push for a contract extension at this moment. The Texans’ struggles in the 2020 season have tested his patience, but it hasn’t led him to the point of desiring a trade.
Injuries have played a considerable part in impacting his career, but Watt has showcased that he’s still a huge factor when healthy. Teams will certainly line up to add his pass-rushing ability to their defensive line. All that may be a matter of Watt expressing that he wants to play elsewhere.
In other words, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year holds his future with the Texans in his hands.