Derrick Henry wants Deshaun Watson out of Houston just as bad as Watson does

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Derrick Henry also wants Deshaun Watson out of Houston originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Derrick Henry stands at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds. You may have seen pictures in which he makes other extremely large human beings look Lilliputian. If you can make someone like Derrick Henry, who won his second rushing title this past season with the Tennessee Titans, not want to play against you—you must be good at football.

In an interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Mackenzie Salmon on Thursday, Henry singled out one player who he is glad will potentially be out of his hair next season: Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Watson on Thursday officially announced he wants out of Houston this offseason, a move which seemed inevitable given the Texans’ recent front office woes. When asked how he felt about Watson’s desire to leave Houston, Henry didn’t mince words.

“I know Deshaun so well. I wish the best in whatever happens for him. But like I said, that's better for us that he's out of division,” the 27-year-old running back said. “We definitely appreciate it.”

Watson has been one of the league’s top quarterbacks for a few seasons now, bookended by the 2020 campaign in which he led the league in passing yards and yards per attempt. Despite his personal accolades, the Texans finished with a record of 4-12, placing them third in the AFC South—the same division which Henry and the Titans won.

Henry won the 2015 Heisman Trophy over Watson, and having been forced to play Watson twice a year since 2017, he knows what a headache the former No. 12 overall pick can be for opponents. “Be better for us [that Watson leave]. Because every year we playing was always tough. It was always coming down to the wire. That's the type of player Deshaun is,” Henry said.

Henry has not spoken to Watson about the move personally, however.

“No, I haven't talked to him. But we know what type of league this is. It's a tough league. And it's all business, so really I just wish the best for him,” Henry said. “Whether it's in Houston or wherever it is. I just want him to go to the best situations, so he can go out there and ball out.”

Watson’s assured move out of Houston is one of several quarterback shake-ups in the AFC South this offseason. Last week, Colts QB Philip Rivers announced his retirement after 17 seasons. The Jaguars will, barring some colossal surprise, draft Clemson prospect Trevor Lawrence first overall in the 2021 draft. With Watson potentially leaving the Texans, the only team in the division with a sure-fire Week 1 starter next season will be the Titans with veteran Ryan Tannehill.