The battle between the Texans and star quarterback Deshaun Watson continues, and on the surface it would appear that the Texans are as dug in on their stance of keeping the former Clemson standout as Watson is on leaving.
Texans head coach David Culley spoke to the media for the first time since his introductory press conference on Thursday and maintained that as far as the Texans are concerned, Watson is their quarterback.
“We are very committed to Deshaun as our quarterback,” Culley said. “He is our quarterback. He’s the only guy we got under contract at this time, right now.”
While Watson has not spoken publicly on the subject, multiple reports have surfaced that he has demanded a trade. When asked if the team would grant him his request, Culley offered up nothing more than basic “coach-speak.”
“Deshaun Watson is a Houston Texan,” Culley said. “And we’re committed to him.”
There have also been reports of Watson being willing to sit out games and forfeit money if his demands aren’t met. When asked about that, Culley said that the Texans have no backup plan at the moment.
“As of right now, there is no contingency plan,” Culley said.
The most interesting nugget to come on the subject might just have been when Culley was asked if Watson was as committed to the Texans in the same way Houston is committed to him.
“Yes he is,” Culley quickly responded.