Now this is interesting.
ESPN Upstate Radio in South Carolina reports that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has a list of three teams he would approve of a trade.
On Monday sources told Offsides with Marc Ryan that while the roster may not be finalized and the situation remains fluid, there are three teams that Watson has expressed willingness to approve a trade for: the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins, and the Carolina Panthers.
It has been an unforgettable winter for Watson, who was excluded from the decision-making process in Houston that led to the hiring of general manager Nick Caserio and head coach David Culley. That prompted Watson, 25, to apply for a trade.
The Texans have publicly said they have no interest in trading Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
However, the Texans had no problem accepting defensive end JJ Watt’s request to be released.
Additionally, the Detroit Lions granted quarterback Matthew Stafford’s trade request. So did the Philadelphia Eagles with Carson Wentz.
However, Watson remains stuck in Houston, where he led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards this season, an incredible feat considering that a year ago, the Texans traded wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.
Trading with Watson will not be easy. His four-year, $ 156 million contract contains a no-trade clause, according to ESPN. But one thing to note: according to Spotrac, Watson will earn a base salary of $ 10.5 million in 2021, while being capped at $ 15.9 million. Both are team-friendly numbers for anyone looking to trade for the QB. And although his salary cap increases in subsequent years, Watson’s contract can be renegotiated to mitigate its cost.
But until the Texans main office gives in, none of that matters.
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