Nick Caserio and the Houston Texans may be positioning themselves to seriously consider trade offers for embattled quarterback Deshaun Watson in advance of the Nov. 2 trade deadline.
Sunday morning, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that in recent days, the Texans' stance "started to soften a little bit" in terms of their asking price for the 26-year-old:
Earlier this month, Glazer reported that the Texans turned down an offer for Watson that would have netted them three first-round picks and three third-round picks. It's unclear if that offer still stands, because we don't know what team made the proposal. Perhaps, though, the Texans would be willing to seriously consider it now.
Watson is facing 22 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct and a grand jury investigation in Harris County, in addition to a looming verdict from the NFL. All these allegations have come to light since Watson asked the Texans to trade him in January, shortly after the team went 4-12 in the 2020 campaign.
As his legal troubles are sorted out, the Texans have made Watson inactive for their first three games. The fact that Houston hasn't attempted to have Watson play has seemingly kept the NFL from having to decide on placing him on the commissioner's exempt list, which would mean he'd still be paid but indefinitely ineligible to play. It remains to be seen whether the league would take action if they got the sense that Watson would play, whether it would be for the Texans or another team.