Can the Texans even trade QB Deshaun Watson following his contract extension?

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is unhappy.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, part of the reason Watson is unhappy about the organization’s recent direction is due to the perceived insensitivities regarding social justice, as exemplified by their refusal to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for the coaching vacancy.

It all begs the question: can the Texans trade Watson given that he has a no-trade clause in his contract?

Mortensen tweeted that “informed speculation from a source” indicates the club could find a trade partner, specifically the Miami Dolphins. Houston might be able to get some draft capital back and a young franchise quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa.

The problem is Houston would be going backwards in terms of addressing the quarterback position. Tagovailoa still has to develop as a quarterback while Watson has already passed through certain trials and proven himself worthy of a second contract.

The Texans have to fix their problems with Watson and fast.