The Texans may well have that Brian Flores ranked as the favorite to succeed David Culley, and some buzz about Deshaun Watson's interest in playing for Flores reopened the door to the Pro Bowl quarterback, who again suited the Texans.
Nick Caserio did his best to shoot it down Tuesday. The second-year Texans GM said, during a performance on SportsRadio 610 (via the Houston Chronicle), that Watson, who plays for Houston again, "more than likely" will not happen.
Watson made a swap request nearly a year ago after reports indicated the Texans did not include the quarterback in their GM and head coach searches. While the Texans resisted trade overtures for a while, they engaged in negotiations ahead of the deadline. Watson remains a Texan, but that will hardly be the case for much longer.
Not much has happened with Watson's criminal investigation and civil cases in connection with the 22 women who have accused him of sexual assault and / or sexual assault. It still casts doubt on the future of the 26-year-old passer. A suspension is expected to continue. The uncertainty regarding Watson's availability has clouded his trading market for several months, though it is expected to get hot again soon. Watson's ruling in the civil case is set for next month.
Despite Stephen Ross as they are the power broker most closely associated with Watson's interest ahead of last year's deadline, the Dolphins have tried to distance themselves from the tough quarterback after Flores. They are believed to be committed to Tua Tagovailoa for next season. Flores and Watson have been linked with merging with the Giants, but many changes are needed to make it a realistic option.
It was not thought that Watson had waived his non-trade clause for anyone other than the dolphins, but now that the landscape has changed, it will be interesting to see if he would open the door to more destinations. The Panthers are definitely coming to mind as a potential suitor, given their interest (before the turmoil off the field) last year. The Eagles were also on the radar by the deadline.
The Texans saw Davis Mills show improvement down the stretch. The election in the third round ended his season only behind Mac Jones in QBR among rookies. The rebuilding of the Texans is likely to give Mills more time.
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