HOUSTON — The latest twist in the Deshaun Watson-Houston Texans saga played out on social media Saturday.
It definitely sends a message about the relationship between the team and its star quarterback.
Sports Radio 610 host Landry Locker talked to KHOU 11's Daniel Gotera about where Watson stands now after new head coach David Culley was introduced on Friday.
“I don’t think DW is any happier after watching it, but I don’t think he’s any more angry after watching it,” said Locker. “I don’t think he wants to run through a wall for David Cully and I don’t think he’s eager to come back to the Texans, but I think a Cal (McNair) Q and A could have made him more angry, so my thoughts really didn’t change.”
And if it wasn’t bad enough that Watson is at odds with the Texans, the national media is starting to pick up on J.J. Watt and his possible departure. Sports Illustrated ran a story on Saturday, saying that players and coaches believe Watt’s time in Houston is over.
When did Deshaun Watson sign his contract extension?
Just months ago, Texans fans were elated at the thought of Watson playing for Houston for another four years after the quarterback signed a hefty 4-year, $160 million contract extension with the Texans.
His contract, though, has a no-trade clause, which means he has a significant say in his destination, and according to CBS.com, Watson is looking to play hardball with the Texans, to the point he's willing to waive his no-trade clause to make sure he never takes another snap for them in the future.
Although it might seem like Watson has leverage because he could essentially choose which team he goes to, ultimately the Texans don't have to trade him because of his contract extension that goes through the 2025 season.