HOUSTON – Quarterback Deshawn Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Sketch on Thursday.
Watson requested the team the week before, sources told ESPN.
According to sources, the new head coaching head of Texas has not changed Watson’s thinking.
Watson has not spoken to New Texas general manager Nick Casario or executive Jack Easterby, sources told ESPN.
Watson, who signed a four-year $ 156 million contract contract in September, is under contract through the 2025 season. His contract includes his no-trade, but given the length of his contract and the possibility of franchise-tagging it has been three years since the Texans could give him the option not to trade and control his rights through the 2028 season do.
The trade request comes after Watson was unhappy with the process used by the team to appoint Cassario in early January.
After Watson signed his contract extension last year, he was passionate as he discussed how happy he was for the franchise and the city.
“It’s a wonderful moment for me to be able to expand my career in one place, one house, one place, I would say that my family loves,” Watson said. “I want to continue to dive the most in the community and just continue to build our heritage, just build our heritage as a whole and do something we’ve never done before.”
Watson set career highs with yards, touchdowns and completion percentage last season. He also threw a career-seven interceptions. His 33 touchdowns and 4,823 passing yards were also single-season franchise records.
The quarterback’s best individual season came in a season that saw the team go 4–12 and fired head coach and general manager Bill O. Bryan after an 0–4 start.
Although he has played only four seasons (54 games), Watson’s 104 passing touchdowns and 14,539 passing yards rank second in Scott Skach’s history after Matt Scaub (124 touchdowns and 23,221 passing yards in 90 games).
Watson is currently the NFL’s all-time leader in absolute percentage behind New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Breeze. In 2020, he became just the 11th player in NFL history to have given at least 70% of his passes in a single season.