The Texans aren’t talking like a team ready to move their star quarterback.
In his introductory Zoom press conference, new general manager Nick Caserio tried to throw cold water on the suggestion Houston would be dealing unhappy signal-caller Deshaun Watson.
“He’s our quarterback,” Caserio said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I can’t tell you how much respect and admiration that I have for him, for who he is as a player and what he means for this franchise.
“We’re starting from scratch, and the most important thing for us is to speak specifically to Deshaun. When the time’s appropriate, we’ll spend some time with Deshaun. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Watson has been unhappy, according to reports, that he wasn’t more involved in the hiring of Caserio, who had been the Patriots’ director of player personnel since 2008, after being told he would have a role.
The people Watson suggested to owner Cal McNair weren’t considered, ESPN reported. Watson found out about the hiring of Caserio on social media, and it was the reason he tweeted: “some things never change….” It was similar to how Waston found his top receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, was being traded last offseason.
“I’ve come to understand that it’s been reported that Deshaun feels left out of the process, but he and I had several visits, and I understood his point of view before meeting with candidates,” McNair said on Friday.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote that, “No matter what you read and hear, Watson will not be traded.”