Back in January, Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson submitted a trade request. At the time, the Texans gave short-shrift to the idea that they would consider trading away their prized asset.
Six months later, and while DeShaun Watson has returned to pre-season workouts for the Texans, his demeanor and attitude has made it clear that he still sees his future away from Houston.
Watson would have been fined $50,000 per day for each day he missed pre-season workouts, which explains why the star quarterback was back in the Texans facility this week.
After what has been a tumultuous off season for both the player and the team, it now appears that the Texans stance on keeping hold of their wantaway quarterback may have softened and that they will now listen to offers for their star man.
Listening For Some Time
According to reports on NFL.com, the Texans have decided that they will listen to offers for their star man, but that those offers are going to be high for a player still under a long-term contract and with such star quality.
Reports suggest that the Texans are looking for at least three first round picks in exchange for Watson, plus players in exchange to sweeten the deal. Texans bosses have reportedly been willing to listen for some time to offers.
The situation is complicated by the fact that Watson is under investigation, by both the NFL and the police, after being accused of sexual assault in 22 separate lawsuits that were filed through March and April this year.
However, these cases won’t go to trial this year and as such, Watson should be free to play this season for a team willing to take the risk in signing him.
Despite playing in a struggling Texans team last season, Watson threw for 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns, with just seven interceptions. He would offer an immediate upgrade at quarterback for many teams in the NFL and could well be the face of that franchise for many years to come.
Providing of course, he can prove his innocence in the lawsuits that have been filed against him and it may well be this that is putting teams off making a move, rather than his football ability, or the Texans steep asking price.
Aaron Rodgers And Green Bay To Agree Terms For One Year
While the immediate future for DeShaun Watson isn’t clear as yet, it does appear as if another long running quarterback saga from the summer is drawing to a close.
Aaron Rodgers, it appears, will spend one more year in Green Bay with the Packers. However, if reports are to be believed, after this season he will be free to leave the Packers and pick where he would like to play out the remainder of his career.
And in other key NFL news, it appears that Arizona Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones has asked to be traded. Jones, who was expected to form a formidable pass rush with the newly acquired former Texans star JJ Watt, has reportedly made his request to the Cardinals top brass this week.
All of which goes to show that with pre-season underway and the first games of pre-season on the horizon, there’s still some big players futures to be decided in the NFL, even at this late stage of the season.