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Deshaun Watson Reportedly Down to Three Teams He’s Willing to Play For

Deshaun Watson is still being quiet when it comes to talking to the Texans franchise, but that doesn’t mean he’s not letting people in his camp onto where he wants to play in 2021.

Watson has reportedly let on about three places he would be willing to play for next season and beyond, and now it’ll be up to Houston to wait on a call from these teams to see if there’s a serious connection to making a trade.

The three teams which were tweeted out Monday via ESPN Upstate are the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers.

Reportedly Watson didn’t have interest in going to New York to play for Robert Saleh and the Jets next season, so how they got on the list is anyone’s guess.

Miami has been in the mix since day one when it came out that Watson was unhappy. It might be the best fit as they have the most to offer in return to the Texans, including last year’s first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa, who could slide right in and be a starter at the QB spot.

The Panthers are an interesting choice, as this last week their 2020 QB Teddy Bridgewater unfollowed them on social media.

There’s been reports that the cats are looking at their roster trying to figure out where they can shave money from – and that’s to go after Watson.

We shall see in the end if any of these teams legit are in the loop for Watson, or if it’s just someone once again spreading rumors.

Texans Rumors: WR Will Fuller Expected To Bail via Free Agency This Offseason

The Texans may be on the verge of losing another playmaker this offseason (as if losing Deshaun Watson isn’t enough), as reports say wide out Will Fuller may take his talents elsewhere via free agency.

Fuller who played his college ball at Notre Dame has been a staple in the Texans receiving core the last few seasons, but it looks like at the very least he’ll test the free agency market.

One thing the Texans can do to keep Fuller around is place the franchise tag on him, but then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Fuller declare he’s sitting out until he gets more than a one-year deal.

Another issue that could scare teams is that Fuller has had injury issues, playing in 53 of a possible 80 games as he’s had to watch plenty of games from the sidelines.

The 26-year-old has never played more than 14 games in a season, and that came back in his rookie year of 2016. This last season he played in 11 games, making a career-high 53 receptions for 879 receiving yards, pulling in eight touchdowns and averaging 16.6 yards per catch.

Finally there was the issue in late November of 2020 when Fuller was hit with a six-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy.

Fuller has a ton of potential and he’ll find a home this offseason in Houston or with another NFL squad and it wouldn’t be a stunner to see him ink with a team that is looking to add a playmaker at the receiver spot.

Texans Releasing Longtime Star Defensive End J.J. Watt

In yet another move by the Texans sending shockwaves around the NFL, the team is reportedly set to release longtime popular defensive end J.J. Watt, this according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

The rumors of the team dumping Watt have been on the table for awhile, but it still comes as a surprise that the team would just flat out get rid of Watt.

The 31-year-old has spent the last 10 seasons with the Texans after being drafted by them back in the 2011 season with the 11th overall pick in the first round.

Watt was due to earn $17.5 million in 2021, which is last year of his deal with Houston, which means the Texans can clear the books of Watt as he has no guaranteed money remaining on the contract.

The Texans came into the 2021 offseason with $13.4 million over the cap, so adding this type of money will help a great deal as the team looks towards free agency next month.

The last few years have been tough for Watt in terms of health, and he’s played a combined 16 games in 2016, 2017, and 2019. He played out the full 2018 and 2020 seasons.

His best season as a pro came in 2012 with Houston when he amassed 20.5 sacks for Houston, leading the NFL.

He also put up 20.5 sacks in 2014, and in 2017 led the league again in sacks with 17.5.

One ESPN Analyst Says Houston Should Deal Deshaun Watson to the Cowboys for Dak Prescott

The Texans are still maintaining that they want to keep unhappy quarterback Deshaun Watson on their roster for many years to come, despite Watson’s apparent desire to move on elsewhere.

The asking price from the Texans is a lot, as it includes multiple first-round picks. No on though has discussed a possible deal if there’s another young solid QB out there that wants to move on to another team.

The team in question is the Dallas Cowboys, who have a tough offseason decision to make when it comes to franchise QB Dak Prescott, who played 2020 under the franchise tag for about $30 and could do it again in 2021.

Dallas wants to get Prescott inked to a long-term deal, but thus far it’s just not happening, and there’s no word if at some point it will.

One ESPN analyst has an answer to the complicated situation, one so far out there that it just might make sense for all parties involved.

That answer is for Dallas to ink Prescott, then trade him to the Texans for Watson in a one-on-one deal similar to last week’s deal that saw Detroit trade Matthew Stafford to the L.A. Rams for QB Jared Goff along with two first-round picks and a third-round pick.

The analyst from ESPN who came up with the idea is the always outspoken Stephen A. Smith, who said on the network today that a deal of Prescott to the Texans for Watson actually does make sense for all parties involved.

If you look at the ins and outs of the QB’s, it’s an interesting deal for both teams.

Prescott is 27 years old, while Watson is 25, so age isn’t a huge issue as both QB’s have plenty of productive years left in the NFL.

Watson is playing on a four-year, $156 million dollar contract he inked with Houston, a deal that the Cowboys would swallow up if a deal to move Prescott to Houston would actually happen.

It might sound like fantasy football, but in this day and age when all players have to do is say they are “unhappy” and they can get dealt, it might be a move more worth looking into.

Deshaun Watson Requests March In His Honor to Be Scrapped

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson remains in the news on a daily basis, and now fans that want to keep him are looking to march in his honor.

Reports say that fans of the franchise quarterback were putting a march together Monday, but the quarterback tweeted Monday that he would like the event to be cancelled.

Watson said that while humbled, he doesn’t want to put people at risk exposing themselves to the COVID-19 virus, and he wants the event nixed.

“I’m hearing there is a march planned on my behalf in Houston today,” Watson tweeted. “Although I am humbled I ask that whoever is organizing the march cancel for the sake of public safety. Covid is spreading at a high rate & I don’t want any fans to unnecessarily expose themselves to infection.”

Watson has been in the public eye over and over again, with news that he doesn’t want to play for the Texans anymore to being upset that he hasn’t been more involved in looking for a new coach.

It doesn’t sound like news surrounding Watson is going to go away anytime soon, and that fans who want to keep him are going to need to come up with another way to show their support.

Colts DC Matt Eberflus Turns Down Coaching Interview with the Texans

The Texans continue to be on the lookout for possible head coaching candidates, and one name that reportedly won’t be visiting the team is that of Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Eberflus has turned down an offer to come to Houston to chat with the Texans brass about the head coaching spot.

The 50-year-old from Toledo, Ohio has been with the Colts as their DC since 2018, and this is the first year his name has been brought up as a hot head coaching candidate.

The Colts, who will open Wild Card weekend on Saturday with a matchup in Buffalo against the red-hot Bills, ranked 8th overall this season in defense in the NFL, allowing 332.1 yards per game.

While one would think Eberflus is just happy to be mentioned as a possible candidate for open head coaching jobs, he evidently doesn’t think much of the opening down in Houston with the Texans.

The offer that was made to Eberflus came prior to the team hiring Nick Caserio as their new GM away from the Patriots.

There’s no word on what officially has caused Eberflus to say “no” to an interview, but that could have something to do with it, or possibly the turmoil over the last 24 plus hours with QB DeShaun Watson has scared him off.

Texans QB Watson Not Pleased Team Hasn’t Interviewed Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy

The Texans said from day one that the team wanted franchise quarterback DeShaun Watson to be part of their talks in who would be brought in next to be the team’s head coach.

It sounds like the team isn’t following through with their promises, and it’s not sitting well with the quarterback.

One candidate who is at the top of just about every team’s list is that of Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, and while the Texans have spoken to three potential coaching candidates, Bieniemy isn’t one of them.

And it’s not sitting well with the Texans quarterback.

Watson not only has been advocating for the team to bring in Bieniemy for at least a chat, but he also was not a fan of the club’s hiring of new GM Nick Caserio, who the franchise brought over from New England.

SI.com’s Albert Breer reports that Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes put in a “strong word” for Bieniemy, which then led to Watson making a push to the team to make overtures to Bieniemy to bring him in for a chat, which to date has never happened.

Watson’s unhappiness could be a combo of the Bieniemy situation along with the hiring of Caserio after the team said that the quarterback would be consulted about who would run the team next.

Former Lions and Colts coach Jim Caldwell, former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, and Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady are the three coaching candidates that have spoken to the Texans thus far.

Does QB DeShaun Watson Want a Trade Out of Houston?

The Texans may have a serious issue on their hands according to a report Thursday from Pro Football Talk, which says that quarterback DeShaun Watson may be looking for a deal to get out of Houston.

Houston has tried to do what they can to give Watson everything they can to make him happy, including giving him a contract worth $111 million in guarantees.

The quarterback also will be part of the crew that decides on who the next coach of the franchise is.

How could that not be enough?

PFT says that they have heard that Watson has been speaking to teammates about the possibility of playing elsewhere.

Rumors already are circulating, and we’ve already heard them from multiple different people, that Watson has quietly broached with teammates the possibility of requesting a trade. If that’s happening, it may just be a strategic effort to ensure his views are respected by ownership. Regardless, it raises the stakes and crosses a bridge and potentially sets the foundation for Watson eventually to decide that he’d like to continue his career elsewhere.

To think of the Texans having to start over with a new quarterback in 2021 is not something the team probably even has in mind, but if Watson truly wants out, they are going to have to figure out the best thing for him and the team.

There’s no doubt he would be the most attractive player on the market, and what the team could get for him is anyone’s guess.