The Houston Texans are set to keep Deshaun Watson past the NFL trade deadline, sources say

The Houston Texans are ready to keep Deshaun Watson past Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, league sources told ESPN.

Although many in the Texans organization want to turn the page and move on from Watson as soon as possible, Houston, according to league sources, is ready to reopen trade discussions centered around the quarterback in the offseason.

Texan general manager Nick Caserio has been steadfast in his stance and determination to get full value for Watson and has to date not been willing to trade him for anything less than what he believes Watson is worth.

Texan owner Cal McNair has privately told people he would like the organization to trade Watson before Tuesday’s 4pm ET deadline, but leaves the decision to Caserio.

The Texans and Miami Dolphins have had trade discussions on various points, and Miami has, according to sources, sat in the driver’s seat with Watson’s desire to play most of all for Miami.

But the Dolphins also prefer that Watson’s legal issues be resolved before they enter into an agreement. Watson faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and misconduct and 10 criminal charges, although no charges have been filed and the quarterback has denied the charges.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last Tuesday that the league does not yet have enough information about the lawsuits to make a decision on potential discipline and that the information they have is not enough to place Watson on the commissioner’s exemption list.

Watson’s uncertain future has affected the Texans’ trade discussions with other teams, especially the Dolphins.

The Dolphins are the only team that Watson is known to have waived its no-trade clause for, according to sources. Watson has not done the same for the Carolina Panthers or any other team, sources told ESPN.

But the Panthers have been linked with Watson since last offseason, and some have even wondered what a proposed package for the triple Pro Bowl quarterback would look like.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer each called Christian McCaffrey on Friday night to tell him that regardless of trade rumors, including the star running back, they never discussed or considered swapping him to Houston for Watson.

Talks between the Texans and the Panthers never escalated because Watson did not agree to waive his no-trade clause for Carolina, which was therefore never able to evaluate potential trade scenarios that the organization wanted. The Panthers, with the story that former owner Jerry Richardson had involved harassment, were reluctant to act before they could be completely familiar with it.

The Dolphins appear to be the only team that could try to put together a trade before Tuesday’s deadline, but there is not much hope that a deal is finalized Sunday morning. There are compensation issues, legal issues and too much uncertainty for those involved in the talks to feel confident that an agreement will become a reality within the next three days, according to sources.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has openly stated that Tua Tagovailoa is Miami’s starting quarterback and, aside from injuries, it is expected to be for the rest of the season.


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