Buzz about the “buzz” surrounding the idea that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson could ask for a trade this offseason set Twitter a-buzz this morning. … Buzz.
But for the moment, that buzz has been harshened by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
“Under no circumstances will the Texans trade Watson,” McClain writes, via PFT’s Mike Florio. “He’s not going anywhere.”
Well, that’s certainly nice of the Texans to leak it out that they have no intent to trade Watson, even if he asks, through traditional media avenues. However, this sets up for an intriguing dynamic worth following closely this upcoming offseason. Because Houston hasn’t been a beacon of organizational competence in recent years. And potentially setting up a battle between a new front office and the team’s best and most important player doesn’t seem like a great place to start for the two parties.
Even with a new front office in place, the Texans should be reminded that the NFL is growing into a players league.
As Florio points out, we’ve seen Antonio Brown force his way out of Pittsburgh and Oakland. Stefon Diggs used Twitter as an avenue to voice his displeasure, then eventually get dealt to Buffalo. Elsewhere, we’ve seen star NBA players flex their muscle and push their way to new teams. That is to say, the Texans should tread carefully before putting themselves out there too far to where they can’t be reeled in.
In any case, we’ll monitor the situation for obvious reasons. The Bears do not have a long-term solution at quarterback. And without a high first-round pick, they aren’t in a position to acquire one in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, Chicago should be viewed as positioned to package all sorts of future draft considerations for an elite player at a position of need. You know, kinda like they did with Khalil Mack in 2018.