Would Deshaun Watson actually go through missing games to get his point across? If he does, it will be a costly one.
He reportedly told his new head coach he has “no intention of playing for the Texans again.” Even still, the team continues to show zero interest in trading him. ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler says Watson is willing to stand his ground to the point where he misses games into the regular season.
As per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Watson will be subjected to a fine of $93,085 if he fails to attend the team’s mandatory minicamp.
“At a base salary of $10.54 million, that’s $620,000 per game. If, as expected, the 2021 season has three preseason games, he’d lose another $1.86 million.
Thus, for the offseason, training camp, and preseason, Watson would incur $3.653 million in fines if he doesn’t show up.
If Watson then skips the season — and if the NFL stages 17 games — he’d lose another $11.16 million in base salary.”
Watson will lose a whopping $20.213 million if he misses the entire 2021 season.
We can only wait and see if he remains adamant in his desire to not suit up for the Texans at all moving forward.