Deshaun Watson not budging on trade request after sit-down with coach David Culley

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Deshaun Watson reiterated his trade request in a meeting last week with Texans new head coach David Culley, according to a recent report.

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the meeting happened last Friday, when Watson told the first-year head coach he has no intention of playing again for the Texans.

Watson's trade request was known even before the Texans hired Culley last month. The quarterback reportedly wants out because of a lack of trust and belief in leadership.

Still, when Culley was introduced to media members Jan. 29, he spoke of Watson being the quarterback.

“The only thing I knew about this whole situation at that point was is that I was being interviewed for this job to be the head coach. And I did know at that point Deshaun Watson's a Houston Texan. He's the quarterback of the Houston Texans," Culley said. "That's all that I was concerned about, and that's all I knew. And whatever has been said about what was, what he wanted to do or he didn't want to do, all I knew is this, having been in this business this long, he is a Houston Texan and I want him to be a Houston Texan. And the reason I'm in this position today is because I knew he's going to be a Houston Texan."

After the Texans finished the 2020 season at 4-12, Watson spoke of the need for a culture shift and new leadership.

Watson thought Texans CEO Cal McNair would include his input when selecting a new general manager and head coach. Instead, GM Nick Caserio was hired without Watson's knowledge, and they did not communicate since that time leading up to Culley's hiring.

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