Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston. Apparently, pretty badly. And he’s reportedly willing to sacrifice some money to make it happen.
The former Clemson quarterback has grown unhappy with Texans’ management over the past few months, and with each passing week the divide between him and the organization seems to grow wider.
ESPN NFL Insider Jeremy Fowler said that Watson is “very serious” about having played his final game for Houston and that he is so dug in, that he is willing to sit out games next season if that’s what it takes.
“Watson is training right now in Atlanta, nearly every day, and I’m told it could stay that way for the foreseeable future,” Fowler said. “The people he talked to privately can sense he’s very serious about being willing to sit games and miss as much time as necessary to get traded.”
Carolina, Miami, and the New York Jets have all been mentioned as teams that Watson would waive his no trade clause for, with the Panthers being considered by some to be the favorite at the moment. However, according to Fowler, Watson is pretty much at the point of not being overly concerned with where he ends up. He just wants out.
“He’s got a shortlist of teams he’s intrigued by, but really right now, he’s just hopeful,” Fowler also said. “It’s almost like an, ‘anywhere but Houston,’ plan. Talking to people around the league, they do expect this to heat up sometime around the draft, if another team says, ‘Hey, you can have our whole draft, two drafts. Take whatever you want, we want Deshaun Watson.’ So free agency probably won’t move that needle all that much.”