Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins add to Deshaun Watson trade rumors that could impact Jets

Scott Thompson
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DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson
DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson

The current drama (yes, it's reached that point) surrounding the Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson has now included two former legends of the franchise.

Andre Johnson, one of the best wide receivers ever that spent 12 years with the organization from 2003-14, took a shot at his former team on social media Tuesday. He even went as far as to say that the arrival of Jack Easterby, who's current job title is up in the air after moving from vp of football operations to interim GM when Bill O'Brien was fired, is hurting the team.

And Johnson isn't just speaking from the outside. The first Ring of Honor inductee by the Texans, the three-time All-Pro wideout worked as a special advisor to the GM and coach (O'Brien) as well as scouting. So he knows a thing or two about how the team operates.

Speaking of people that understand how the team operates, DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded away to the Arizona Cardinals this past offseason, backed his fellow former Texan saying this:

Watson's frustrations with the Texans stems from the hiring of new GM Nick Caserio after he was told his opinion would be heard, but he wasn't even consulted on the hire. After going 4-12 this past season to go along with O'Brien firing and other turmoil, rumors that Watson will ask for a trade have grown by the week.

Watson remains out of contact with Texans, and now he's hearing from a team legend and his favorite target since he's entered the league to stand pat on that decision.

What does this mean for the Jets? Well, they could be one of many teams that inquires about Watson if he were made available to trade. However, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the general consensus is that the Texans won't even entertain that. Watson also reportedly has a no-trade clause on his deal.

But as more and more people come forward with their opinions, especially ones are strong as Hopkins and Johnson, the thought of Watson requesting a trade will only continue to grow. And there's a slim chance it would benefit the Jets, too.