Texans have 'zero interest' in trading Deshaun Watson, GM Nick Caserio says

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Texans have 'zero interest' in trading Deshaun Watson, GM says originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Houston Texans have been under the sports media microscope for weeks now and things don’t seem to be getting a whole lot better as time goes on. Ever since franchise signal-caller Deshaun Watson reportedly made a formal request to be traded out of Houston on Thursday, speculation of where he might end up has gained traction.

On Friday, during the Texans' introductory press conference for new head coach David Culley, general manager Nick Caserio addressed the Watson trade talks. 

“Organizationally, we want to reiterate our commitment to Deshaun Watson. We have zero interest in trading the player,” Caserio said. When asked if comments like that alienate Watson and dismiss his eagerness to leave, Caserio gave a non-answer. “We’re focused on putting the best team together possible for the Houston Texans. There’s a multitude of things that are going to take place here…and we’ll control the things that we can control and focus on maximizing each day.”

Houston hired Culley from the Ravens, where he spent the past two seasons as assistant coach, wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Even with the hiring, Watson was unwavering in his previous stance of reportedly wanting out.

When Culley was asked about the Watson situation on Friday, he was even more confident in the team’s ability to retain the Clemson alum.

“Deshaun Watson is a Houston Texan. He is a Houston Texan,” Culley said. “The reason I’m in this position today is because I knew he’s going to be a Houston Texan.”

Houston’s front office has been criticized for a number of missteps since Watson’s rookie year, including trading away arguably the best receiver in the league in DeAndre Hopkins. Watson still has shown that he can make do, leading the league in passing yards and yards per attempt this past season.

He remains a generational prospect for dozens of teams, even if Houston is keen on keeping him. One team in particular which has been mentioned in the same breath as Watson? The Washington Football Team.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said he senses that if the Texans were to eventually trade Watson, they’d rather he go to an NFC team. “My sense is that they would rather trade him to the NFC, because why would you want to face him, ever, unless it's like in the Super Bowl?” Rapoport said.

Houston knows it has a good one, which will undoubtedly make the asking price astronomically high. Still, the WFT and any other QB-needy team would be wise to at least inquire.