Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson is reportedly unhappy with the franchise and would like to be traded. According to sources close to the organization, Watson’s preferred destination at this point would be the Miami Dolphins.
The biggest reason why Watson would like out of Houston was the Texans’ decision to ignore his input in the search for a new general manager and head coach.
Watson was promised that he’d get a say in the process, but the team went on to hire New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio as a GM without consulting with the player. The team also failed to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, despite the fact that he was Watson’s preferred choice.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport now reports that Watson decided to give the Texans a silent treatment and is not returning their calls.
Deshaun Watson inked a four-year, $177.5 million extension with the Texans back in September and got a no-trade clause as part of the deal. This ultimately gives him a final say on his next team if he ends up pushing for a trade.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported earlier this week that Watson has Miami at the top of his list and might be interested in moving to Florida if the Dolphins include rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the deal.
Despite all of this, it would be hard to see the Texans parting way with Watson. He is a generational talent, and any package that they receive from the Dolphins or any other team would probably not be enough to compensate for the things he brings to the team.
The best way for the Texans to move forward would be to repair their relationship with Watson and commit to giving him more input in the head coaching search.