Texans Plan to Start Bidding War for Deshaun Watson Backfires

One of the biggest stories heading into the upcoming NFL Draft was supposed to be whether or not Deshaun Watson would be traded and the kings ransom the Texans might get in return for the franchise quraterback.

However, allegations of sexual misconduct have led to 22 civil lawsuits being filed against Watson. The demand for the former Clemson quarterback dissipated quickly thereafter.

Watson requested a trade after Texans management promised him input when it came to the hiring of the teams open GM and head coaching positions then failed to live up to those promises.

Reports have as many as eight teams being interested in acquiring Watson, but the Texans continuously shot down one offer after the other with the hope of driving up the price for the disgruntled quarterback.

According to a new report from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans plan was to hold onto Watson until just before the draft, with the hopes of starting a bidding war between the more serious bidders.

“The Texans’ plan was to get the most serious teams into a bidding war before general manager Nick Caserio — with Cal McNair’s approval — accepted the best offer that, ideally, would have included at least three first-round picks, two second-round picks and a defensive starter.”

John McClain

Any bidding war would have likely meant the Texans getting even more for Watson but now with the allegations in place the market for Watson has completely dried up. No team is willing to give up that kind of capital for a player whose immediate future is in question and now the Texans are stuck with a franchise quarterback that at the very least, is likely looking at missing a part of the upcoming season, possibly even all of it.

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