HOUSTON – One day after it was reported that Deshaun Watson requested a deal, Houston Texans’ new head coach David Culley said during his introductory press conference that he accepted the job and knew that Watson was the Texans quarterback.
“He’s the Houston Texans quarterback and that’s all I was worried about,” said Culley when asked about his knowledge of Watson’s status when interviewing for the job. “That’s all I knew and whatever was said about what he wanted or didn’t want to do. All I know is this …
“He’s a Houston Texan. And I wanted to be a Houston Texan. And the reason I’m in this position today is because I knew he was going to be a Houston Texan. The exterior, what was said is for irrelevant to me. “”
Watson, who signed a four-year contract extension for $ 156 million in September, is under contract through the 2025 season. It has a no-trade clause, but given the length of the contract and the ability to franchise it for three years, the Texans could choose not to trade it and would be in control until the 2028 season his rights.
Watson’s trade request came after he was reportedly dissatisfied with the process the team hired Nick Caserio in early January.
“Organizationally, I just want to reaffirm our commitment to Deshaun Watson,” said Caserio. “He’s been a huge impact on this organization, a huge impact on a lot of people, a huge impact on this team, and we look forward to the opportunity to spend more time with him this spring once we start.
“And we have no interest in trading the player. We have a great plan, a great vision for him and this team and his role on this team, and we look forward to the opportunity to spend more time with him this spring. ” . “
If the Texans choose not to trade Watson, he might choose not to sign up for mandatory team activities or training camp, but at a cost. Houston may fine Watson $ 95,877 for missing minicamp and a fine of $ 50,000 per day for each missed day of training camp, and a weekly salary of $ 620,000 for missed preseason game. In the unlikely scenario that Watson retires, Texans can raise $ 21.6 million.