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There’s a pretty universal message coming from Deshaun Watson’s former teammates and former NFL players: get out of Houston. It seems a matter of time before Watson formally requests a trade, as the Texans let a volatile situation snowball.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Watson has possibly played his last snap with the Texans. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, in that order, are the current betting favorites for his next destination. Both have myriad assets to throw Houston’s way.
The genesis of Watson’s anger with the franchise is obviously deep-seated in ineptitude and lying to him. According to multiple reports, he was told he’d be kept apprised in the Texans’ GM and coaching searches, at least to offer his opinion.
The Texans declined to allow him to do that, hiring the Patriots’ Nick Caserio, who then interviewed Watson’s head coach choice, Eric Bienemy (he also requested Robert Saleh, and Houston was the only team not to request an interview with Saleh), only once it was clear the relationship was severely fractured. Watson, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, has been refusing the Texans’ calls.
Many 49ers fans and pundits have obviously called for the team to trade for Watson. Former 49ers legend, NaVorro Bowman chimed in on Twitter on Tuesday, saying Watson needs to “get outta there now.”
— Navorro Bowman (@NBowman53) January 19, 2021