We haven’t heard from or seen anything directly from Deshaun Watson since his hastily typed note was posted defending himself against the oncoming sexual assault allegations that he’s still facing. That changed last week. We saw him post videos on Instagram where he was wearing sewn off gray sweats and running through drills like every athlete this time of the year. Deshaun has reemerged.
#Texans star QB Deshaun Watson won’t attend OTAs and still wants to be traded, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 24, 2021
Watson has denied wrongdoing related to recent lawsuits, which have slowed the process of sorting out his future. But his position hasn’t changed: Watson wants out of Houston.
Nothing has changed. Watson wants out. The Texans don’t have anything to say about Watson’s current situation, except that they believe in the legal process. It’s the same thing we’ve known, just repeating itself. The compact disk is scratched.
That being said, there shouldn’t be a world where Watson plays football this year. Houston decided to hold onto him instead of trading him before the draft. He should stay on Houston’s roster until the 2021 season concludes so the Texans know what the draft picks acquired would actually be worth when they trade him.
Nick Caserio has to nail the Watson trade. The package the Texans receive has to springboard the next good Texans team. If not, we’re going to be missing the days of 27 linebacker offseasons for a long while. At least then, there was some sort of hope things could be better.
In the meantime, Watson still asked for a trade, he still wants to be traded, and he should not be traded until next offseason.