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Deshaun Watson trade rumors: Texans committed to QB, have ‘zero interest’ in moving him

Texans basic supervisor Nick Caserio and coach David Culley added one other wrinkle to the Deshaun Watson commerce sweepstakes. Specifically, by saying there aren’t any sweepstakes.

Throughout Culley’s introductory information convention Friday, each he and Caserio addressed the Watson commerce rumors, saying Houston remained dedicated to the disgruntled signal-caller despite his trade request. Caserio preempted any questions on Watson, saying Houston had “zero curiosity” in shifting him.

Culley could not keep away from these questions however, when requested concerning the state of affairs, stated “the explanation I am on this place in the present day is as a result of I knew he will be a Houston Texan.” He added he wasn’t conscious that Watson had requested a commerce on the time Houston was interviewing him for the job.

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Caserio and Culley’s remarks may merely be a smokescreen — an try and play hardball with any potential Watson suitors, of which there are a number of.

Or, the dysfunction within the Houston group may actually be as unhealthy because it appears to be like; in spite of everything, this is similar staff that reportedly dismissed a number of of Watson’s requests to interview sure coaches for the Texans’ open head teaching place. These embody Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, now coach of the Jets. Houston ultimately went with Culley, who at 65 is the oldest first-time head coach in NFL historical past.

Watson has been the topic of commerce talks ever since he reportedly discovered by way of social media that Houston had hired Caserio, one more particular person from Invoice Belichick’s Patriots group. These discussions reached a fever pitch this week when information broke that Watson had formally requested a commerce from the staff “weeks in the past.”

None of that appears to matter to Caserio or Culley, nevertheless, as they — at the least formally — dedicated to Watson for the 2021 season. Whether or not Watson indulges their notion stays to be seen, although Culley reportedly did not have an effect on his want to depart Houston. If that is still the case, it is attainable he elects to not follow with the staff in an try and pressure a commerce. Or he may take the nuclear choice and retire.

Houston additionally has a number of techniques to dissuade Watson from sitting out:

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Earlier than Houston considers utilizing these techniques, nevertheless, it would think about the anger it might generate amongst gamers if it obstinately refuses to honor Watson’s request. It may additionally think about the excessive value he would command in a commerce: a bevy of gifted gamers, with a number of draft collateral, at the least. Houston may rebuild its staff with gamers who have not but turn out to be disenfranchised with the group, together with a number of first-round picks with team-friendly rookie contracts.

Then once more, maybe that is an excessive amount of to count on of Houston. In spite of everything, it has fouled up each step of the best way to date.

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