Last Friday the Texans and J.J. Watt agreed to mutually part ways. Watt was free to go play for an actual football team and flee the USS Olive Garden and swim to the surface as it continues to sink closer and closer to the abyss. The Texans were able to create $15.5 million in cap space and escape the drama that could occur if Houston tried to trade him for a second, or a third round pick.
After losing not one (Duane Brown), not two (Jadeveon Clowney), not three (DeAndre Hopkins), but four franchise players since 2017, all eyes are now on Deshaun Watson. He’s more than the last sutures left holding this team together, he’s the entirety of the franchise. After requesting a trade, ignoring the Texans phone calls, the entire offseason, everything, revolves around the Watson saga.
Following the release of Watt, Cal McNair wanted to clarify, that yes, Watson is a member of the Houston Texans, he’s the quarterback of the Houston Texans, and he’s going to remain a Texan.
Texans chairman Cal McNair on J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson: 'They’re totally different situations. Today, the focus is on J.J.Deshaun (Watson) is a Texan, and he's going to be a Texan'' https://t.co/qmo9c1xvR9 via @houstonchron— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) February 12, 2021
This has been the mantra McNair and the Texans have repeated during the Watson drama. From Nick Caserio’s press conference, to David Culley’s press conference, to every statement McNair makes, the Texans confirm that Watson is the quarterback of the Houston Texans.
The problem, of course, is, Watson hasn’t talked to this trio yet, and he doesn’t want to be a Houston Texan.