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The Texans are what you might call a not well-run organization. Houston is defined, effectively, by two players: Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt. Both are upset with the organization, especially the former, to the point that rumors have circulated that Watson may request a trade.
At the core of his fury with the team is that he was assured he would be part of the hiring process for a new general manager and head coach. Houston then hired New England’s Nick Caserio reportedly without consulting Watson, and was not planning to interview Watson’s primary coach request, the Chiefs’ Eric Bienemy.
On Tuesday, the team requested an interview with Bienemy in what seemed to be a transparent, desperate attempt to appease their franchise quarterback. Former Texans receivers Andre Johnson and Deandre Hopkins said their piece on the situation.
Johnson said Watson should stand his ground, which might imply a trade request, saying, “The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers.” Hopkins concurred.
When Dre speak listen. https://t.co/hMdP2rsUJr
— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) January 12, 2021
Former Texans running back-turned-rapper Arian Foster chimed in, too.
i don’t keep up with much in the league so idk who buddy is. but i kno my brother. and for him to get this outta pocket means there’s gotta be fuckery lol. dre is the calmest cat on the planet. https://t.co/TsKWqHzSVF
— feeno (@ArianFoster) January 12, 2021
The rumors about Watson potentially being traded have of course sparked speculation about whether the 49ers could acquire him. The Miami Dolphins have been mentioned as a viable destination.
Deshaun Watson is unhappy with the Texans' handling of their hiring process & the state of the franchise, sources told @mortreport.
Informed speculation is that Watson would consider waiving his no-trade clause to join the Dolphins in a swap for Tua Tagovailoa, a source said. pic.twitter.com/rqZ45NHBov
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 10, 2021