Dec 20, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun the Dolphin? Miami favored to acquire Texans’ QB

With Deshaun Watson reportedly telling new coach David Culley that he has no intention of playing for the Houston Texans again, the Miami Dolphins are favored to be the quarterback’s next NFL destination.

The Dolphins have an interesting trade piece in 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa and are the +250 favorites by SportsBetting.com to land Watson this offseason. They are narrowly ahead of the Denver Broncos and New York Jets at +300.

The Broncos with Drew Lock and the Jets with Sam Darnold are each evaluating their quarterback situation this offseason and are viewed as potential landing spots for veterans on the move. However, neither team is among the four that Russell Wilson’s agent reportedly told ESPN his client is willing to go to if traded by the Seattle Seahawks.

Watson reportedly met with Culley late last week and reiterated his desire to be moved by Houston.

Among his issues with the franchise, Watson was unhappy with the trade of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last year and with not being consulted on the hiring of a new general manager this offseason.

However, the team has been steadfast that it will not trade Watson.

Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons since the Texans selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

Other teams expected to be in the Watson sweepstakes by SportsBetting.com include the Carolina Panthers (+600) and the Chicago Bears, Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles, each at +1200. The Panthers’ odds have shortened from +1200 when the sportsbook installed Watson trade odds in January.

With Wilson’s developing situation in Seattle, the Seahawks’ odds have shortened from +10000 to +5000 to acquire Watson.

Deshaun Watson next team odds:
Miami Dolphins +250
Denver Broncos +300
New York Jets +300
Carolina Panthers +600
Chicago Bears +1200
Washington Football Team +1200
Philadelphia Eagles +1200
San Francisco 49ers +1500
Dallas Cowboys +1500
New England Patriots +2000
New Orleans Saints +2000
Las Vegas Raiders +2000
Jacksonville Jaguars +3000
Minnesota Vikings +4000
New York Giants +4000
Cleveland Browns +4000
Atlanta Falcons +5000
Seattle Seahawks +5000
Tennessee Titans +5000
Pittsburgh Steelers +6600
Los Angeles Chargers +7000
Cincinnati Bengals +7000
Arizona Cardinals +7000
Baltimore Ravens +7000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +10000
Buffalo Bills +20000
Green Bay Packers +20000
Kansas City Chiefs +50000

The Detroit Lions (Jared Goff), Indianapolis Colts (Carson Wentz) and Los Angeles Rams (Matthew Stafford) are not being offered as potential Watson destinations as they have agreed to acquire new starting quarterbacks in trades that cannot be made official until the league year begins next month.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Deshaun Watson tells new coach he wants out of Houston

Disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson met with new head coach David Culley late last week and told him he has no intention of playing for the team again, ESPN reported Thursday.

It’s the latest nugget in the staredown between Watson and the Texans that began more than a month ago.

Watson’s unhappiness with the team began with the process around the hiring of general manager Nick Caserio. He reportedly was unhappy with the Texans after the team did not consult with him before hiring Caserio.

Watson’s issue reportedly wasn’t with Caserio, but rather that owner Cal McNair didn’t vet any of Watson’s recommendations to be interviewed for the position before he learned about Caserio’s hiring on social media.

The hiring of Culley, who is Black, did nothing to change Watson’s outlook, a sentiment he reportedly shared directly with Culley last Friday when they met.

However, the team has been steadfast that it will not trade Watson.

Watson posted a cryptic tweet on Thursday, saying “loyalty is everything. Don’t you EVER forget it.”

Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons since the Texans selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

–Field Level Media

Jan 26, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Detailed view of the Pro Bowl trophy at the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium. The AFC defeated the NFC 38-33.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFC beats AFC in first-ever virtual Pro Bowl

Capping a challenging season played amid a global pandemic, the NFC won the first-ever virtual Pro Bowl 32-12 over the AFC Sunday in a game played on the Madden 21 video game, with NFL players and celebrities at the controls.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray captained the NFC squad by running the team in the opening quarter by playing as himself. Murray led the NFC squad to a first-quarter touchdown and earned game MVP honors.

Murray handed the controls to NASCAR star Bubba Wallace, who powered the NFC offense to three touchdowns in the second quarter.

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams and former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran the NFC for the final two quarters in the victory.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson started the game for the AFC in the first quarter and left trailing 7-6. He was followed by former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and rapper Snoop Dogg.

Gamemaker EA Sports teamed with the NFL to set up a week of “Verzuz” matchups with celebrities, former NFL stars, current NFL players and streamers competing with the 2021 Pro Bowl rosters. Sunday’s virtual Pro Bowl replaced the originally scheduled game set in Las Vegas, ahead of Super Bowl LV in Tampa on Feb. 7.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) attempts a pass as Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Harold Landry (58) defends during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson takes Texans out of social media accounts

Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has made it clear that he wants out of a Houston Texans uniform, and he went to social media on Saturday to perhaps preview the breakup.

Watson, whose formal demand to be traded was reported this week as having been made two weeks ago, has removed references to the Texans from his accounts, such as his Twitter and Instagram profile picture, and his cover photo on Twitter.

Among sources of Watson’s unhappiness was the hiring of general manager Nick Caserio, when Watson later said he had been told he would have input in the decision but did not.

The 25-year-old Watson, who has played all four of his NFL seasons with the Texans since they made him their top draft pick, 12th overall in 2017, is fresh off signing a four-year, $156 million contract last September.

The contract gives Watson a no-trade clause and would impose salary-cap hits above $40 million in both 2021 and 2022 on the Texans.

In the team’s press conference on Friday to announce their new head coach, David Culley — another decision that reportedly made Watson unhappy – Caserio said the team has “zero interest” in trading Watson.

Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

The Texans finished 4-12 this season and missed the postseason for the second time in Watson’s tenure with the team. Watson threw for a league-high and franchise-record 4,823 yards to go with 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for 444 yards and three scores.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Deshaun Watson requests trade from Texans

Disgruntled franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson formally requested a trade from the Houston Texans, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday morning.

ESPN reported that Watson made the request to the team weeks ago and is not expected to be swayed by the Texans hiring David Culley as head coach.

Watson, 25, has a no-trade clause in the four-year, $156 million contract extension he signed last summer.

He reportedly was unhappy with the Texans after the team did not consult with him before hiring new general manager Nick Caserio. His issue reportedly isn’t with Caserio, but rather that owner Cal McNair didn’t vet any of Watson’s recommendations to be interviewed for the position before he learned about Caserio’s hiring on social media.

Per reports, Watson also wanted the Texans to meet with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy as head-coaching candidates were meeting with Houston’s brass. But only after that issue became public did the Texans arrange a meeting with Bieniemy.

Watson’s issues with a lack of communication with the front office go back at least a year, when he said he wasn’t told that star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was going to be traded to the Arizona Cardinals.

Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns in four seasons since the Texans selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

The Texans finished 4-12 this season and missed the postseason for the second time in Watson’s tenure with the team. Watson threw for a league-high and franchise record 4,823 yards to go with 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for 444 yards and three scores.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson trade odds for every NFL team

Several teams are expected to make aggressive runs at acquiring Deshaun Watson this offseason if the Houston Texans aren’t able to mend fences with their disgruntled franchise quarterback.

From the New York Jets debating their future with Sam Darnold under center to the prospect of Watson joining Bill Belichick in New England, more than half the NFL will enter the offseason with legitimate questions about who will start at quarterback in Week 1. That includes a couple of teams coming off playoff seasons.

By why stop there? SportsBetting.com is offering odds for all 31 potential NFL destinations for Watson.

You can even have the Chiefs at 300/1 to join Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City.

Deshaun Watson next team odds:
New York Jets 2/1
Miami Dolphins 3/1
Chicago Bears 4/1
Denver Broncos 5/1
Indianapolis Colts 8/1
New England Patriots 8/1
Philadelphia Eagles 10/1
Carolina Panthers 12/1
Washington Football Team 12/1
Detroit Lions 12/1
Las Vegas Raiders 12/1
New Orleans Saints 15/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 15/1
San Francisco 49ers 20/1
Dallas Cowboys 20/1
Los Angeles Rams 30/1
Minnesota Vikings 30/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 30/1
Atlanta Falcons 30/1
New York Giants 30/1
Tennessee Titans 40/1
Cleveland Browns 40/1
Los Angeles Chargers 50/1
Cincinnati Bengals 50/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 50/1
Arizona Cardinals 70/1
Baltimore Ravens 70/1
Buffalo Bills 100/1
Seattle Seahawks 100/1
Green Bay Packers 200/1
Kansas City Chiefs 300/1

The Jets also have the shortest odds to land Watson at +500 by DraftKings. However, the book still expects him to stay put, with the Texans being offered at -125 as the team Watson takes his first snap for next season.

Watson is reportedly unhappy with the Texans not consulting with him before hiring new general manager Nick Caserio. His issue reportedly isn’t with Caserio personally, but rather that owner Cal McNair didn’t vet any of Watson’s recommendations to be interviewed for the position before he learned about Caserio’s hiring on social media.

Watson’s issues with a lack of communication with the front office go back at least a year, when he said he wasn’t told that star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was going to be traded.

In four seasons with the Texans, Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

The Texans finished 4-12 this season and missed the postseason for the second time in Watson’s tenure with the team. Watson threw for a league-high and franchise record 4,823 yards to go with 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for 444 yards and three scores.

Watson was the Texans’ first-round draft choice (12th overall) in 2017.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) talks with quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) after a loss to the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Deshaun Watson’s days with Texans may be ending

Deshaun Watson’s days in a Houston Texans uniform may be ending, ESPN is reporting, citing sources in and around the franchise.

Watson reportedly is unhappy with the team on multiple fronts, such as the choice of Nick Caserio as general manager. Watson had made some recommendations for the hiring, but his candidates were not contacted or even considered, according to the sources.

When Watson learned of the hiring on social media last week, he tweeted “some things never change.”

The Texans also have a vacancy for head coach, and Watson reportedly wants Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to get a good look. NFL Network and ESPN said the quarterback was told the team would talk to Bieniemy, but it has not taken place.

One of the sources indicated the team has talked internally about dealing Watson, and what teams would make likely trade partners.

When team chairman and CEO Cal McNair said Friday that he wants Watson “in the loop and part of the process” toward finding a new head coach, sources said the assurance might have come too late.

Watson’s complaints about a lack of communication with the front office go back at least a year, when he said he wasn’t told that star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was going to be traded.

In four seasons with the Texans, Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 scores.

The Texans finished 4-12 this season and missed the postseason for the second time in Watson’s tenure with the team. Watson threw for a league-high and franchise record 4,823 yards to go with 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for 444 yards and three scores.

Watson was the Texans’ first-round draft choice (12th overall) in 2017.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles with the ball as New England Patriots defensive end Chase Winovich (50) applies defensive pressure during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Could Deshaun Watson land with Bill Belichick in New England?

Deshaun Watson in a Patriots uniform?

With rumors swirling that the Houston Texans’ franchise quarterback might request a trade this offseason, New England has emerged as one of several potential destinations.

Watson is coming off a career-best 4,823 passing yards while being named to his third Pro Bowl. But that came in a 4-12 season that saw coach Bill O’Brien get fired.

“We just need a whole culture shift,” Watson said Monday. “We just need new energy. We just need discipline. We need structure. We need a leader so we can follow that leader as players. That’s what we need.”

Those comments sparked speculation that Watson may want out of town. Additionally, an ESPN report Thursday added that Watson was upset the Texans did not inform him before hiring former New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio and also that they did not consider any of the candidates that he endorsed to ownership.

If he is traded before Sept. 1, Sportsbetting.com is offering the Patriots as the 2-1 favorite to land Watson.

Deshaun Watson next team odds:
New England Patriots (2/1)
Indianapolis Colts (3/1)
Chicago Bears (4/1)
Denver Broncos (5/1)
Washington Football Team (5/1)
New Orleans Saints (10/1)
Detroit Lions (10/1)
Philadelphia Eagles (15/1)
San Francisco 49ers (20/1)
New York Jets (20/1)
Pittsburgh Steelers (25/1)
Atlanta Falcons (30/1)
New York Giants (30/1)

Watson signed $177.54 extension in September that put him under contract through 2025, and the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported Thursday that, “under no circumstances will the Texans trade Watson.”

However, Houston closed the season with five consecutive losses under interim coach Romeo Crennel. The team is also facing a potential rebuild, and longtime veterans such as defensive end J.J. Watt could be on the move this offseason.

The Patriots have a glaring need for a new starting quarterback after a one-year failed experiment with former NFL MVP Cam Newton.

Several other destinations being offered by Sportsbetting.ag make sense as well on different levels.

–The Colts will assess their future at the position after the season with Philip Rivers, who signed a one-year deal last offseason.

–Chicago reached the playoffs, but only after returning to Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback after the former No. 2 overall pick was benched in favor of veteran Nick Foles.

–San Francisco saw Jimmy Garoppolo finish another season on injured reserve. In four seasons with the 49ers, he has played more than six games only once and his future in San Francisco is very much in question.

–Drew Lock said Monday that “without a doubt” he feels like he can be Denver’s quarterback of the future. But that comes after finishing his second season tied for the NFL lead with 15 interceptions while his completion percentage dropped to 57.3 from 64.1.

–Detroit’s Matthew Stafford has two years remaining on his $135 million deal. With a new coach and a new general manager coming in, Stafford acknowledged Monday that “there’s a lot to discuss” without specifically addressing his future with the Lions. Will he demand a trade from the team his has led since 2009?

–The Washington Football Team won the NFC East with a 7-9 record. The return of Alex Smith was one of the season’s feel-good stories, especially juxtaposed to the release of 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, but the 36-year-old is certainly not the long-term answer in Washington.

–Ben Roethlisberger has said he plans to return for an 18th season in Pittsburgh. The 38-year-old struggled at times late this season and Mason Rudolph has not shown that he’s a legitimate heir to Roethlisberger’s throne in the Steel City.

There will be numerous teams in the market for new starting quarterbacks this offseason. And another name who could be a factor is Carson Wentz, who reportedly wants out of Philadelphia after being benched late in the season in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) lays on the ground after being hit by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (not pictured) during the third quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Texans’ Crennel: No plans to shut down Watson

Houston Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel has no plans on shutting down star quarterback Deshaun Watson, even though the team officially has been eliminated from postseason contention.

“That question has been asked. My deal is, we’re in this game, we play this game to win and there’s a season to be played,” Crennel said Wednesday. “If you shut down Watson, then should you shut down the rest of the team and everybody pack up and go home for three games left?

“We’re in the NFL and there’s certain rules about playing. I think that probably if you shut down your team and left and didn’t play the games, there’d be a tremendous fine involved. So, we’re going to play the games and try to win as many as we can.”

Watson, 25, has been sacked 11 times over the last two games and 39 times overall this season. Despite those gaudy numbers, Watson isn’t interested in seeing his season come to a premature end based on a decision to preserve his health.

“I know there are a lot of the fans and people looking for the future and things like that, but right now I live in the present,” Watson said. “I want to finish this season out strong. I want to continue to get the reps that I want to get to be able to continue to grow as a quarterback and as a player and as a teammate. Like I said, I just want to continue to finish this season out strong. Of course, safety is always first, but at the same time, I want to finish these three games.”

Watson has thrown for 3,761 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in 13 games this season for the Texans (4-9) who visit the Indianapolis Colts (9-4) on Sunday. His passing yards are second in the NFL to the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes (4,208).

Watson’s completion percentage (68.9) is the best of his career, while his passing total is approaching his personal-best of 4,165 set in 2018. His touchdown total is one shy of the 26 he amassed in both 2018 and 2019.

–Field Level Media