Disgruntled star QB Deshaun Watson asks Houston Texans to trade him
Star NFL quarterback and Clemson University product Deshaun Watson has asked the Houston Texans, the team who drafted him 12th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, to be traded to another team. According to sources, Watson formally asked the team to trade him weeks ago. Although the Texans recently hired David Culley as the team’s new head coach, the decision apparently will not have any impact on Watson’s growing desire to be moved to a different team.
Watson has not spoken to the new Texans front office members, general manager Nick Caserio, or executive Jack Easterby since their arrival. Watson signed a 4-year, $156-million deal in September, which runs through 2025 and includes a no-trade clause. The unhappy quarterback’s trade request comes after several instances where Watson questioned decision making from the front office, and he was left out of many of those decisions without a chance to give input.
The three-year pro quarterback put up strong numbers during the 2020 season despite the Texans’ dismal 4-12 record. He completed 382 of his 544 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 70.2 percent. In addition to this, Watson threw for 4,823 yards with 33 passing touchdowns against a career-low 7 interceptions. Watson posted a total QBR of 70.5 and also amassed 444 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground.
The 25-year-old signal-caller won the 2017 CFP National Championship over the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in his senior year. Watson threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with one second left in regulation. Watson has a career regular-season record of 27-26 and a postseason record of 1-2 with the Texans. For more sports coverage, click here.