- Deshaun Watson has officially asked the Houston Texans to trade him.
- Watson had reportedly been unhappy with how the team hired GM Nick Caserio.
- The New York Jets are the betting favorites to land Watson.
Deshaun Watson has officially asked the Houston Texans to trade him.
Watson wanting out of Houston has been the favorite topic of NFL conversations for the last couple of weeks. However, there was no report of Watson actually demanding a trade, until now. League sources confirmed Watson’s request to ESPN on Thursday.
Deshaun Watson has officially requested a trade from the Texans, per @adamschefter.
Here we go ? @brgridiron pic.twitter.com/IDEEEhhkym
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 28, 2021
The 25-year old 12th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft is under contract through 2025 after signing a four-year $156M extension last September. Watson reportedly became unhappy with the process used by the Texans in hiring GM Nick Caserio earlier this month. Watson has not spoken to Caserio or executive Jack Easterby and according to sources, newly-hired head coach David Culley will not try to change Watson’s preferred action.
300+ Passing Yards and 70% Completion Percentage
Deshaun Watson averaged 301.4 Pass YPG and completed 70.2% of his passes in 2020.
He became the 2nd QB in NFL history to average 300 Pass YPG while completing at least 70% of their passes in a single season (Drew Brees, 2011).
The Saints finished 13-3. The Texans finished 4-12. pic.twitter.com/sAA2JzoKbq
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 28, 2021
Watson is the NFL’s career leader in completion percentage ahead of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. This season, he became just the 11th player in the history of the NFL to complete 70% of his passes during a single season and only the second to average 300+ passing yards while completing 70% of his passes.
Although he has played in only four seasons, Watson ranks second in the Texans’ all-time passing touchdowns and passing yards record books with 104 and 14,539, respectively. Only Matt Schaub has better numbers than Watson at 124 passing touchdowns and 23,221 yards but Schaub’s 90 games with the Texans are 36 more than what Watson has played for the team.
He set career-high this season in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and completion percentage while also throwing a career-low seven interceptions. Watson’s 33 passing touchdowns and 4,823 passing yards set single-season franchise records. But Watson’s personal achievements were overshadowed by the team’s 4-12 record and the firing of GM and head coach Bill O’Brien after an 0-4 start.
Watson’s Reported Preference
Deshaun Watson reportedly prefers the Jets over the Dolphins, due to the presence of Robert Saleh https://t.co/jtsKj0avdy
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 23, 2021
It has been reported that Watson prefers to go to the Jets and he was said to have “liked” an Instagram post about him joining the Gang Green . The reason isn’t the Jets strong lineup or New York’s large market but his admiration for New York’s newly hired head coach Robert Saleh. Watson reportedly asked the Texans to interview Saleh but they did not, an that supposedly made the situation worse.
Because of the rumors, the Jets are the +200 betting favorite to land Watson at online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag. The Jets’ acquired two additional first round picks from the Seattle Seahawks which give them the luxury to trade high draft picks while maintaining assets to improve the team around Watson. New York owns the no. 2 overall pick of the upcoming NFL draft which they can use as the centerpiece for a Deshaun Watson deal.
Miami is second in the oddsboard at +350 as the Dolphins have current QB Tua Tagovailoa and the no 3 pick of the 2021 NFL draft as premium assets to dangle at Houston without taking much from the core of a team that improved to 10 wins this season. The New England Patriots are third in the top NFL betting sites but other than the fact that Nick Caserio and Jack Easterby used to work for Bill Belichick which would make negotiations smoother.