Deshaun Watson is one of the most intriguing players involved in trade rumors as the offseason kicks off.
The star quarterback’s future with the Texans has been the subject of plenty rumors, speculation and debate over the last couple months, and not just because of his reported trade request last offseason. Watson also faces many civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and misconduct.
Despite his off-the-field issues, the Texans do not plan to let him go for cheap. Per The Athletic‘s Jeff Howe, the Texans “don’t plan to lessen their asking price [for Deshaun Watson], which has been five to seven assets, including three first-round picks.”
Houston has been searching for three first-rounders in exchange for Watson since the beginning and the legal issues have not stopped them from asking for that. The three-time Pro Bowler is facing 22 lawsuits stemming from allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. Ten women filed formal complaints with Houston police as well.
It’s unknown how those legal matters will be resolved. This uncertainty could make it difficult for teams to pull the trigger on a trade for Watson.
The 26-year-old hasn’t been suspended and hasn’t been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, but that does not mean it could not happen after he is traded.
The Texans did not activate him for a single game last season and basivcally he served a paid suspension.
Tyrod Taylor opened the season as the starting quarterback, and Davis Mills pretty much took over after Taylor got injured.