Texans stand firm: No Deshaun Watson trade

Houston Texans head coach David Culley said quarterback Deshaun Watson will not be traded.

Watson, who spoke to Culley via Zoom two weeks ago, has formally requested a trade. The first-year coach of the Texans, Culley has been on the job for just over a month and remains unwavering in his stated intention to keep Watson in Houston.

“It’s not a matter of changing anyone’s mind. We are committed to him, and we are going to move forward,” Culley said.

The Texans have not disclosed details of the conversation with Watson, and Culley again Thursday said he wasn’t willing to share anything between the two sides.

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Oddsmakers continue to favor the Texans as the team Watson plays for in 2021, including PointsBet favoring Houston over the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

Asked Thursday how the Texans knew Watson was committed to the team, Culley said: “He’s a Houston Texan.”

Culley’s message is unchanged from the previous formal media access to the coach and new Texans general manager Nick Caserio. The mission ahead appears pocked with challenges, included limited salary cap space and draft capital. The Texans traded their first-round pick — which turned out to be No. 3 overall — to the Miami Dolphins in the Laremy Tunsil deal, one of the many trades made by head coach Bill O’Brien that included high picks.

“Before we take a few questions: Organizationally, we want to reiterate our commitment to Deshaun Watson. We have zero interest in trading the player,” Caserio said in February.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)