Deshaun Watson has been the target of trade rumors since the Houston Texans’ 2020 season ended earlier this month, and his future with the organization is cloudy at this point.
Super Bowl-winning head coach Dick Vermeil had none of that. He told TMZ Sports on Wednesday that Watson was a baby.
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“I think they change his diapers, OK?” Vermeil said about what the Texans should do going forward. “Nowhere in his contract does it say that he is involved in making decisions about who coaches or who leads the organization.”
He added: “He’s a great NFL football player and has always been a great kid, but I think he just shuts his mouth and becomes a better football player and leads the football team and lets the organization̵
Watson’s growing frustrations have been documented since last year after DeAndre Hopkins was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. Watson offered his input on potential general manager candidates, but the Texans failed to consider their franchise quarterback during the process, ESPN reported. The Texans reportedly did not tell Watson that they had hired Nick Caserio as the team’s next GM.
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The quarterback has quietly met his teammates to request a trade, Pro Football Talk reported.
Watson signed a four-year contract extension of $ 156 million in early September. He should earn $ 10.5 million in 2021 and then $ 35 million in 2022. He has potential out after the 2023 season.
Despite Houston’s 4-12 record in 2020, the Clemson product proved to be one of the elite quarterbacks in all of football. Watson set a career-high with a 70.2 completion percentage, throwing himself for an NFL-best 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
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Watson also had 444 rushing yards with three more points on the ground.
Fox News’ Dan Canova contributed to this report.