It wasn’t subtle this time - Deshaun Watson is upset with the Houston Texans organization.
Watson took to Twitter with a seemingly cryptic message Friday afternoon:
However, with the context of this tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, you're left to believe that whatever attempts the Texans have made this offseason to repair their relationship with Watson have been unsuccessful:
For good measure, Watson's former top target, DeAndre Hopkins, checked in with this simple response:
Watson would follow up shortly thereafter with this tweet, a reference to the 2018 song 'Mo Reala' by Zaytoven featuring Future:
Watson, most would say, was one of the five best quarterbacks this past regular season, leading the NFL with 4,823 passing yards, while throwing for 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Despite this, the Texans had a disastrous season, going 4-12. Former head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien - who traded the aforementioned Hopkins before the season - was fired in early October.
Still, the Texans haven't presented as an organization that seems to be trending in the right direction this offseason.
After making the decision to consult with the superstar quarterback on their general manager and head coaching searches, the Texans seemingly ignored his input on both accounts. Nick Caserio was hired as the team's general manager, and the Texans declined to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, apparently Watson's top pick, during the team's postseason bye week. The Texans have since reportedly put in a request to interview Bieniemy, but now won't be able to interview him until after the Chiefs season concludes, at which point he could be down the road on accepting another position.
Earlier this month, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk was the first to suggest that Watson has discussed the possibility of requesting a trade with some of his teammates. Owner Cal McNair has since told John McClain of The Houston Chronicle that he does want Watson to help in deciding the next head coach. Whether that's enough to cool Watson's frustration - especially as the enigmatic Jack Easterby remains as the executive vice president of football operations - remains to be seen.