Texans QB Deshaun Watson missed before NFL trade deadline
The NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday afternoon with the most talented chip in the business block – Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson – staying put.
The Texans had been in talks with the Miami Dolphins for weeks over the struggling star’s trade, but ultimately failed to come to a deal before the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Watson’s unstable legal situation ultimately resulted in the QB not being traded, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported. The QB will remain on Houston’s roster until the offseason.
Watson currently faces 22 pending civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct related to massage sessions in addition to 10 criminal complaints. Watson has not been charged with a felony, although concurrent investigations by law enforcement and the NFL are ongoing.
Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract and has agreed to waive it only for the Dolphins, per Rapoport. The Texans’ asking price, according to Rapoport, included three selections in the first round.
Watson, whose three-consecutive Pro Bowl nodding streak will be interrupted this year, clocked a record 4,823 yards in the NFL last season, with a TD-INT ratio of 33-7.
In Miami, the news on Tuesday brought a sigh of relief to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. In his second season only as a selection in the No.5 Draft in 2020, his status as the team’s top quarterback has been repeatedly affirmed by coach Brian Flores, but undermined by trade talks with the Texans . Tagovailoa has lost three straight starts since returning to the starting lineup following a rib injury. Pass protection has been a big deal for the Dolphins this season, which has made it harder for the club to assess Tagovailoa’s long-term potential.
The Texans’ delicate relationship with Watson continues now, as one of the NFL’s most gifted quarterbacks has been called inactive every week this season. Watson, for his part, wanted to leave Houston even before he got into legal trouble, asking for a swap last January.
The NFL trade window officially reopens on March 16, 2022 – the first day of the league’s new year and the start of the free agency period – although deals can be agreed and announced before that.