It never feels official until it’s reflected on social media.
Potential 49ers trade target Deshaun Watson updated his Twitter and Instagram profiles to reflect that he no longer is associated with the Houston Texans.
Watson appears to be validating his reported discontent with the organization.
A couple weeks ago, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported “there is a growing sense from people in and around the Texans’ organization that Watson has played his last snap for the team.”
While that’s bad news for the Texans, it potentially opened up a window for the 49ers.
Watson was supposed to be involved in the Texans’ search to hire a new general manager, and he even reportedly asked Texans management to interview former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh for the team's head coaching vacancy. The Texans were the only team with an opening that opted not to interview Saleh, who eventually accepted an offer to become the New York Jets' next coach.
Houston announced Friday that former Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach David Culley would be taking over as the Texans' head coach, and both he and Houston GM Nick Caserio reiterated their commitment to Watson at the introductory press conference.
He recently liked an old photo of himself sporting a 49ers uniform and added a comment saying it was a “Dope pic,” leading many to speculate he might have interest in joining the 49ers.
The three-time Pro Bowler completed 70.2 percent of his passes, throwing for an NFL-leading 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2020.
Watson signed a four-year, $156 million extension with the Texans in September, so any moves would have to be via trade, but the thought of him to the 49ers is interesting, especially with all the speculation around replacing Jimmy Garoppolo next season.
Jimmy G battled injuries and played in just six games in 2020.
49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan both reiterated that Jimmy G is their quarterback going into 2021, but similar to last offseason's dalliance with Tom Brady in free agency, the front office will examine any and all opportunities for positional upgrades.