The Houston Texans are playing some serious hardball.
It appears Deshaun Watson will not get his wish of being off the Houston Texans this season after ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the Houston Texans are prepared to keep Watson past the trade deadline, even though many in the organization want to trade the quarterback.
“Houston Texans are prepared to keep Deshaun Watson past Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, even as many in the organization would like to deal him and turn the page, per league sources,” Schefter reported on Sunday morning.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that the Panthers were “scared off” their pursuit of the Pro Bowl quarterback.
From the report:
“Watson is facing 22 lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior and has not played a down for the Texans this season. He has a no-trade clause in his contract, which he’s willing to waive for the Dolphins.
The Panthers, who explored a potential Watson deal dating back to the offseason, got indications that Watson would be interested in playing for them but hadn’t received that commitment in writing — a customary step for a no-trade clause — as of this week.”
The only other team that seems to be in hot pursuit of Watson are the Miami Dolphins.
It’s looking more and more likely that Watson will not play a single game in 2021 and will probably get moved much closer to the NFL Draft where teams might have a ton of more information regarding his lawsuits.
The NFL’s trade deadline is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. E.T.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.