Deshaun Watson Rumors: Texans QB Would Waive No-Trade Clause for Interested Teams

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun
Watson is reportedly willing to waive his no-trade clause for
interested teams other than the Miami Dolphins.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Tuesday
that Watson, who’s been accused of sexual assault and misconduct in
22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints, is for the “most
part” willing to accept any deal ahead of the Nov. 2 NFL trade
deadline.

Anderson noted there’s still no timetable to resolve the cases against
the Texans signal-caller, however, because he’s been resistant to suggested settlement terms:

IG: JosinaAnderson @JosinaAnderson

Additionally my understanding is that Watson has not been interested in settlements —up through this point —and that requests for him to sign non-disclosure agreements in order to settle continue to be problematic. 2/2 https://t.co/raU766mL78

Although Watson remains available to
play—he isn’t on the commissioner’s exempt list—he hasn’t
made any appearances for Houston this season. The team opted to start
rookie Davis Mills after starter Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring
injury in Week 2.

Head coach David Culley previously stated
Taylor will return to the starting role once healthy, while making no
mention of Watson.

“Tyrod comes back and he’s
healthy, he’s our starting quarterback,” Culley told reporters
Oct. 13. “As far as the quarterback situation, he gives us our
best chance to win. He’s our starting quarterback. He was our
starting quarterback when he went down. He was doing an excellent
job.”

Aaron Wilson of Texans Daily reported
Sunday that Watson’s uncertain availability “gives teams pause” as they discuss potential trades with the Texans’ front office.

The Carolina Panthers are also involved
in talks, though the Dolphins are the three-time Pro Bowl selection’s “first choice” if he’s ultimately moved, per Wilson.

Both the civil and criminal cases
against him remain without a timetable for resolution, so the onus
would fall on the NFL to make a decision about his playing status if
a team trades for him ahead of the deadline with the intent to play
him this season. 

On the field, Watson was one of the
NFL’s best quarterbacks across his first four NFL seasons.

The 26-year-old Clemson product posted
a 67.8 percent completion rate with 104 touchdowns and 36
interceptions in 54 games. His 104.5 career passer rating ranks
second among active QBs behind only the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick
Mahomes (107.2). He’s also tallied 1,677 rushing yards and 17 scores
on the ground.

He’d represent a significant upgrade
over either the Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa and Panthers’ Sam Darnold if
cleared to play following a potential trade.

That said, there are still far more
questions than answers with a week until the deadline.

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