What made Texans GM Nick Caserio mention Bitcoin in his pre-draft press conference?

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It isn’t often that cryptocurrency makes its way into NFL discussion, but that is precisely what happened during Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio’s pre-draft press conference Friday.

The first-year general manager was asked about the various scenarios that could happen with quarterback Deshaun Watson’s legal situation. The three-time Pro Bowler could sit out, be suspended, or sit out on his own as he clearly doesn’t want to be with the Texans any longer.

Caserio wasn’t cryptic or esoteric when it came to answering how the organization is planning any contingency with Watson.

“We’re not going to get into a lot of hypotheticals and speculation,” Caserio said. “I’m not really good at that. Maybe someone else is better at that than me. If you want to speculate, probably go buy Bitcoin and focus on that.”

Bitcoin is currently trending due to the success of dogecoin, which was last reported to be above 30 cents, according to USA TODAY. Jim Cramer from CNBC reportedly sold Bitcoin to pay for a mortgage.

Just like currency, making plans around Watson’s turbulent off-field situation is a realm the Texans have little control, and it would be prudent to focus on the areas where they can exert positive influence.

“We’re going to focus on the things we can control, which is getting ready for the draft and trying to take advantage of the opportunities to continue to add to our team and build our roster,” said Caserio. “And we’ll just take it one day at a time and focus on the things we can control.”

The Texans do not pick until No. 67 overall in Round 3 of the draft. In 2018, they were in a similar scenario and were able to find a quality starter in safety Justin Reid from Stanford. Caserio will have to replicate the same fortune to help Houston recover from a 4-12 finish a season ago.