HOUSTON – Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a commerce from the Houston Texans, an individual aware of the transfer advised The Related Press.
The particular person was not approved to talk publicly in regards to the request and spoke to the AP on the situation of anonymity Thursday.
Watson has a no-trade clause in his four-year, $156 million contract, so he may have some management over the place he could be dealt.
A supply advised The Related Press on Wednesday night time that the Texans had employed David Culley as their new coach to interchange Invoice O’Brien, who was fired after an 0-4 begin and changed by interim head coach Romeo Crennel.
The identical supply who advised The AP in regards to the commerce request stated Watson made the ask earlier than Culley’s rent. He has been sad with the route of the workforce for a while and Sports activities Illustrated reported weeks in the past that Watson was upset the workforce didn’t initially request to interview Kansas Metropolis offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for its teaching emptiness.
The Texans finally interviewed Bieniemy, in addition to Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Buffalo assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis and Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady earlier than touchdown on Culley — the one African American among the many seven head coaches employed this offseason. The one different minority candidate who was employed as a head coach this offseason was the New York Jets’ Robert Saleh, the league’s first Muslim American head coach.
Watson, a three-time Professional Bowler, wasn’t simply disgruntled about the best way Houston went about its teaching search. He was additionally upset that proprietor Cal McNair didn’t take his opinion under consideration when hiring common supervisor Nick Caserio, in accordance with stories from ESPN and the NFL Community.
The Texans, who had years of woes at quarterback earlier than drafting Watson, do not wish to half with the gifted 25-year-old who led the NFL in yards passing this season. However thus far they’ve been unable to alter his thoughts about his need to go away.
They traded as much as choose Watson with the twelfth general choose within the 2017 draft after he led Clemson to its first nationwide title since 1981. Houston was determined to discover a franchise quarterback after beginning eight gamers on the place within the three seasons earlier than he was drafted.
Watson began the season because the backup to Tom Savage however took over at halftime of the opener and began the subsequent six video games earlier than sustaining a season-ending knee damage in observe.
He was wholesome for the beginning of the 2018 season and has began all however one sport within the three seasons since, growing into one of many league’s most dynamic quarterbacks. He was one of many solely brilliant spots for the Texans this season as they completed with a 4-12 file after profitable the AFC South the earlier two years.
Watson completed with the perfect numbers of his profession regardless of dropping celebrity receiver DeAndre Hopkins in an offseason commerce and taking part in with out Will Fuller for the final 5 video games when the receiver was suspended for utilizing efficiency enhancers.
His 4,823 yards passing and 33 landing passes each set franchise data. He additionally set a workforce mark by finishing 70.2 % of his passes. He had 10 300-yard passing video games to provide him 20 in his profession.
Watson ranked second on the workforce with 444 yards dashing, the primary quarterback in NFL historical past with a minimum of 4,800 yards passing and 400 yards dashing in a season.
Watson has discovered help from many gamers across the league in latest weeks regarding his need to be traded, together with from one of many biggest gamers in franchise historical past.
Simply after the season, former Texans receiver Andre Johnson, who was drafted within the franchise’s second yr and had 13,597 yards receiving in 12 seasons in Houston, tweeted his help for Watson. Johnson criticized Jack Easterby, the workforce’s govt vice chairman of soccer operations. Johnson is the one participant in Houston’s Ring of Honor and labored as a particular adviser to the workforce earlier than stepping away from that function earlier than this season.
Some imagine that Easterby, a former chaplain for the Patriots, has gained an excessive amount of energy since O’Brien, who was additionally the workforce’s common supervisor, was fired in October.
“If I’m @deshaunwatson I’ll stand my floor,” Johnson tweeted on Jan. 12. “The Texans group is thought for losing gamers careers. Since Jack Easterby has stroll into the constructing nothing good has occurred in/for the group and for some cause somebody can’t appear to see what’s occurring. Pathetic!!!”
If the Texans cannot restore their relationship with Watson they will be confronted with an much more large rebuilding course of.
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