Deshaun Watson appears to be furious with the Houston Texans — so angry that he would consider sitting out in 2021, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Their deteriorating relationship has quickly become one of the most fascinating offseason storylines. And, yes, that relationship is complicated.
Most recently, owner Cal McNair failed to fulfill a promise he reportedly made to involve Watson in the hiring processes for the team’s head coaching and general manager vacancies. That snub seemed to dredge up a number of problems Watson had with the organization.
Maybe the Texans can make amends. Maybe McNair can apologize. Maybe recently-hired general manger Nick Caserio and the yet-to-be-hired new head coach can convince Watson that their priorities align with his.
Maybe not. Then what?
We’ve covered the tremendously long odds of the Texans executing a trade involving Watson. Caserio and Houston would have to be insane to get rid of a quarterback who could end up in the Hall of Fame, even if Watson’s relationship with the Texans is crumbling. It seems, however, that Watson could put the Texans in a spot where they don’t have a choice.
How did we get here?