Deshaun Watson tells Texans coach he still wants out of Houston

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That didn’t go so swell. According to reports Deshaun Watson spoke with new Houston Texans David Culley last week and maintained he wants to be traded.

Per ESPN

… Watson’s message to Culley in Friday’s meeting was that nothing has changed on his end and he still would like to be traded. So far, the Texans have told interested teams that they don’t intend to trade Watson, who just last summer signed a four-year, $156 million contract extension that runs through 2025.

If the Texans choose not to trade Watson, he could opt not to report to mandatory team activities or training camp, but at a cost. Houston can fine Watson $95,877 for missing minicamp and can fine him $50,000 per day for each day of training camp missed, plus one week’s salary — $620,000 — for each preseason game missed. In the unlikely scenario that Watson chooses to retire, the Texans can collect $21.6 million.

Watson sought a trade before the Texans hired former Baltimore Ravens assistant Culley as their head coach.

He was irked when ignored by upper management when it decided to hire New England’s Nick Caserio as general manager.

The Texans are coming off a 4-12 season that followed consecutive double-digit win campaigns that resulted in AFC South championships.

The Texans traded elite WR DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in a surprising move before last season. Recently, they gave star defensive lineman J.J. Watt his release.