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Deshaun Watson Trade Request Turning Into Standoff With Texans

Isaiah De Los Santos
Deshaun Watson made his trade request clear, but the Houston Texans seem to be pushing back.
Deshaun Watson made his trade request clear, but the Houston Texans seem to be pushing back. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
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Deshaun Watson's relationship with the Houston Texans has deteriorated, with all of the league becoming aware of Watson's unhappiness. The quarterback back has made his trade request from the team official, and it appears a divorce is best for both parties.

However, the team made several statements on Friday that seem to push back on the idea of trading their star QB. This situation could turn into an ugly standoff with both sides holding different feelings at the moment.

New GM Nick Caserio clearly laid out the Texans' stance on a Watson trade, saying the team has no interest in trading the 25-year-old star. This comes after Watson's trade request finally went public, so it's quite the statement for the organization to put out in response.

However, the Texans didn't stop there. New head coach David Culley stated that he wouldn't be in Houston if Watson wasn't expected to be part of the team going forward.

Those are strong comments from the organization, and it's adding further fuel to the drama that's taken place all offseason.

Watson does hold a no-trade clause, giving him veto power, although he's not expected to be very strict on his next team because he's ready to move on. If Houston can't find the right trade partner or refuses to trade the quarterback, though, it sets up an ugly situation where Watson could be on the roster heading into the 2021 season.

Perhaps this is a trade tactic by the Texans to increase offers, but it opens up the door for Watson to somehow remain in Houston, even if he's clearly ready to leave.


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