Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was unmoved by the hiring of head David Culley and reaffirmed his stance that he wants to be traded, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday morning.
Watson, 25, signed a four-year, $160 million extension with the Texans in September that included a full no-trade clause. If Houston decides to pursue a deal involving Watson, the former No. 12 overall pick will have a say in where he ends up.
The Texans would incur a $5.6 million cap hit in dead money if they traded Watson, but those financial ramifications pale in comparison to the lucrative return Houston could get for him. Recent reports have suggested it would take at least three first-round picks to pry Watson away from the Texans.
Among the potential suitors is the Washington Football Team, which faces an important decision at quarterback after releasing 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins midseason and relying on the limited Alex Smith and unproven Taylor Heinicke down the stretch.
However, Washington will be far from the only team interested. Watson is already a three-time Pro Bowler with 104 career touchdown passes to just 36 interceptions in 54 games. He’s coming off his best season to date, leading the NFL with 4,823 passing yards with a passer rating of 112.4.