HOUSTON – Sources are saying that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has officially requested to be traded out of Houston.
NFL sportswriter Ian Rapoport posted a tweet saying Watson asked for the trade and that he “has a no-trade clause, and by virtue of his contract, would decide what places would be acceptable.”
Sources: #Texans QB Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from Houston. He has a no-trade clause, and by virtue of his contract, would decide what places would be acceptable.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 28, 2021
Rapaport also said if the Texans were to trade Watson, that both sides would have to come to a deal that works for both of them and “Watson would provide written notice that he would allow a trade to that team. Otherwise no deal.”
ESPN Senior NFL insider Adam Schefter also shared a tweet saying Watson requested the trade weeks ago.
Deshaun Watson officially has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, per league sources. He actually did it weeks ago. Their new head-coaching hire, David Culley, has not and will not alter Watson’s thinking.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2021
Both Rapaport and Schefter said that David Culley’s hire as head coach would not change Watson’s mind.