HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- With the Texans sitting at 1-5, trade speculation is running rampant.
J.J. Watt is in his 10th season after battling back from various injuries, and a losing season would be wasteful for the future Hall of Fame defensive end.
Aside from Watt, the Texans’ most tradeable arguably are on the offensive side of the ball: namely their wide receivers.
Randall Cobb, in his first season with the Texans after signing a three-year, $27 million contract this offseason, acknowledged Wednesday there was enough trade speculation for the players to address it at practice this week.
“You never know. I’ve seen crazier things happen in this business since I’ve been in it,” Cobb said during Wednesday’s Zoom conference call. “You’ve really just got to brace yourself and brace to see what happens.”
Cobb said he bought a house in Houston because he expected to be here for a while, but the losing record and firing of former head coach-general manager Bill O’Brien was not something he could have anticipated.
There has also been speculation about Texans' leading receiver Will Fuller, who is in the final year of his contract.
“We’ll see how it all plays out,” Cobb said. “You take it day by day. There was a conversation after practice that took place, and we’ll see. I don’t know what to think, or what to believe. You just sit back, take it day by day, and come to work and try to do your job every day.”
Deshaun Watson tried to shut down the trade rumors.
“Them boys ain’t getting traded,” Watson said. “That was something that we squashed at the end of practice. It wasn’t too big of a deal. I know a lot of people probably thinking that Randall was saying he was getting traded. He’s not going anywhere. Nobody’s going anywhere. We’re going to stick with this team and keep pushing forward.
“So all of that stuff is just something we wanted to squash because it was a lot of noise. People of course see it on social media so we just basically squashed it, letting everyone know to focus on ball and focus on this team.”
Watt said his goal is still to bring a Super Bowl to Houston. He carries a $15.5 million cap hit next season, but is considered a franchise icon and often speaks about valuing his connection to the Texans’ fan base.
“My goal since I got here was to bring a championship to the city of Houston,” Watt said. “That remains my goal. Until the day I’m not a Houston Texan anymore, that will always be my goal.”