Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio told Sports Radio 610 on Wednesday that he doesn't expect embattled quarterback Deshaun Watson to suit up for the team's season opener this Sunday. Not surprising news, considering that the three-time Pro Bowler is currently facing 22 lawsuits alleging acts of sexual assault and misconduct and 10 criminal complaints.
But what does the future hold for Watson? Since he's on the Texans' 53-man roster, is there still a chance he sees game action at some point this season? Don't count on it, according to Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain. Watson's relationship with the franchise hasn't been repaired.
"He doesn't want to play, they don't want him to play. He doesn't want to be here, they don't want him here," McClain told After Hours with Amy Lawrence on Wednesday. "But they're not just going to give him away and they're not going to cut him, of course. He's told them since the end of last season that he wants out. They tried to change his mind, they couldn't do it. So, they will accommodate him when someone makes them the offer..."
Watson, who reported to Texans training camp on time to avoid daily holdout fines, didn't play a single preseason snap. He remains under investigation by Houston police and the NFL, and suffice to say, his status for the 2021 season is unclear.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could still place Watson on the exempt list, which would keep him from playing but allow him to get paid until his issues are resolved. But this move seems unlikely at the moment, since the league has yet to conclude that a major violation occurred.
Watson is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and carries a $15 million cap hit. Last September, the 25-year-old agreed to a four-year, $156 million contract extension that could possibly keep him with the Texans until 2025.
Veteran journeyman Tyrod Taylor will serve as Houston's starting quarterback on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to the William Hill Sportsbook, the Texans currently have the worst odds (+3000) to win the AFC South.
The entire conversation between McClain and Lawrence can be accessed in the audio player above.