Deshaun Watson is set to report to Texans training camp, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy in Houston.
In fact, the 25-year-old quarterback still wants to be traded by the Texans. He’s just facing a small obstacle in his quest to make that happen: Per ESPN’s Ed Werder, no team has asked Watson to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate any deal, indicating a lack of trade interest.
Watson’s concerns aren’t related to his on-field performance. He completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 4,823 yards, 33 passing touchdowns and just seven interceptions last year, despite being surrounded by a weak supporting cast in Houston.
However, Watson has major off-the-field problems. Watson faces 23 civil suits accusing him of inappropriate conduct and sexual assault. As such, it makes minimal sense for any team to consider trading for Watson until his off-field situation is resolved.
Watson doesn’t look like he’s going to be traded, but why is he reporting to training camp if he doesn’t want to play in Houston? It’s mostly about the money, and avoiding a daily fine of $50,000, per Werder. Additionally, Werder suggested that, by reporting to Texans camp, Watson is showing teams he believes the NFL “has no cause at this point to place him on (the) Commissioner Exempt List.”
The spotlight will continue to be on Watson and the Texans, as he’s one of the biggest question marks remaining at the quarterback position this offseason. He — along with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — will continue to be involved in trade rumors until their situations are resolved.
But because of Watson’s legal troubles, it doesn’t seem like that will happen any time soon.
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