Texans CEO Cal McNair on trading Deshaun Watson: 'We'll just wait and see'


(SportsRadio 610) -- For the first time, Texans CEO Cal McNair addressed the standstill in the team's intent to trade quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Attending an event with the American Cancer Society on Wednesday, when the Texans celebrated Founder's Day and Cal's late father Bob McNair, the CEO addressed a number of topics: from how poorly the team is playing after four games (1-3), to the progress of third-round quarterback Davis Mills (who threw four interceptions in a 40-0 loss to the Bills last Sunday), to Watson.

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Hall of Fame NFL insider John McClain asked McNair about trading Watson before the Nov. 2 deadline.

"We'll just wait and see," McNair said. "It's a day-to-day thing. (General manager) Nick (Caserio) is in charge of that. So we'll see how all of that works out."

McClain followed up by asking what McNair thinks the odds are of another team meeting the Texans' demands for Watson, which is rumored to be as many as five draft picks and no less than three in the first round.

"I have no idea, John," McNair laughed.

This is McNair staying on-message with what Caserio has been saying for months. They are taking in information and the situation could change any day.

Watson requested a trade from the Texans shortly after the 2020 season ended and Caserio was hired as the new general manager.

Watson reportedly felt slighted by not having input in the general manager decision and is believed to have lost faith in franchise leadership.

Then later in the offseason, more than 20 women accused Watson of sexually violating them during massage sessions. There are 22 active lawsuits against Watson. At least 10 women have spoken with Houston Police Department investigators and several have also been interviewed by the NFL.

The league announced during training camp Watson is free to play and he has not been placed on any formal leave.

The Texans are carrying him on the 53-man roster, paying his $10.5 million salary, but he is not playing or practicing with the team. Watson does, however, attend meetings and provide input, players and coaches have said.

As far as how Caserio and first-year head coach David Culley are handling the Watson situation, McNair acknowledged they are in a tough spot.

Watson's frustration is not with new management, but with McNair himself and executive of football operations Jack Easterby, who was the interim general manager when Watson publicly voiced his frustrations at the end of the season.

The Texans are clearly moving on from Watson, with Tyrod Taylor as their starter and Mills as their developmental backup.

"They've been put in a very tough spot, a spot that is not of their choosing," McNair said. "They've made the very best of it and sort of worked through it day to day. So we'll where it goes."

Brandon Scott manages digital content for SportsRadio 610. Follow him on Twitter @brandonkscott.

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