While the Houston Texans narrow down their candidates for head coach, it may not ultimately matter for Deshaun Watson’s future with the team.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Watson is not expected to change his thinking and will still want out of Houston no matter who the team hires as its next head coach.
This is contrary to the prior belief that Watson’s future would be dependent on who the next head coach would be.
Trade rumors surrounding Watson have continued to pick up steam in recent days, and on Saturday it was reported that he prefers a trade to the New York Jets, in part because they hired Robert Saleh – whom the Texans did not consider for head coach.
The 25-year-old quarterback was also upset that the Texans initially did not consider Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and only later interviewed him after Watson’s reported displeasure surfaced.
The Texans supposedly told Watson he would have a voice in the GM and head coaching search, but that did not appear to be the case in the former when owner Cal McNair decided to hire Nick Caserio as general manager.
Bieniemy will reportedly receive a second interview with the Texans this week, but it seems as if the damage is already done as it is becoming increasingly more likely Watson will be under center for a new team next season.