The Houston Texans want to trade Deshaun Watson, but not to a team they consider a rival.
Adam Schefter reports that Houston has declined the Indianapolis Colts from meeting with the QB in an effort to keep him out of the division.
The Texans certainly know how talented Watson is and don’t want to see him twice a year for many years to come if he were to be traded within the division. This is a team that went through many years of suffering at the hands of Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck before he retired early.
Trading for him doesn’t mean Watson is out of the woods with the NFL as they continue to investigate claims against him.
While Watson is still expected to meet with NFL investigators as part of their probe into the allegations against him, any testimony in the civil trials can also be used to determine whether a suspension is warranted under the league’s personal conduct policy.
The NFL had previously told Watson’s legal camp that it would pause its investigation to allow a Houston Police Department investigation and grand jury proceedings to operate without interference. Now that the criminal investigation and jury deliberations are complete, the NFL is free to move forward in its own probe.
Clearly, none of this information is scaring away teams.