HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- While other Texans players acknowledged the team discussed trade rumors at practice Wednesday, J.J. Watt would only say that his goal remains bringing a championship to the city of Houston.
“Until the day I’m not a Houston Texan anymore, that will always be my goal,” Watt said when asked about trade possibilities.
The only issue with that is the Texans are 1-5, with slim championship chances this season. Without making a major move, there is not much room to improve the team next season, either.
Watt, though, is perhaps the Texans' most valuable trade asset aside from Deshaun Watson and Laremy Tunsil, who are presumably untradeable at the moment.
Watt carries a $15.5 million cap hit next season, but there is no more guaranteed money left on his deal.
The question is what could the Texans get back for Watt, and whether an interim general manager in Jack Easterby should be tasked with sending away another franchise icon.
Easterby and former head coach-general manager were in lockstep trading DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. That brought back an expensive and unproductive running back in David Johnson, and a draft pick the Texans used on Ross Blacklock, who's yet to play a major role on one of the league's worst defenses this season.