The NFL media world was confused last week when rumors surfaced from Houston. According to reports, QB Deshaun Watson was dissatisfied with how the Texans’ management handled the GM search. The buzz got even louder when ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Deshaun Watson would consider trading with the Miami Dolphins. PFN Insider Benjamin Allbright closed out these Deshaun Watson trade rumors this week on PFN Quick Slants.
What PFN hears about Deshaun Watson and Miami
“I do not think it is likely that he will be touched. All I have been told is that they would not trade with him. ”
Allbright went on to extinguish the flames from Deshaun Watson to the Miami rumors and continued with information he received from a source.
“The same source told me that they did not trade with Deshaun Watson at all. I pushed that person to a hypothetical. Hypothetically, what does it take to move Deshaun Watson in a vacuum? He said it would take the first three, three seconds, and a Pro Bowl caliber player would start the conversation. So the idea of you getting Watson to Tua and a first and something else is ridiculously ridiculous. It does not happen. You do not get Deshaun Watson for less than it cost Jamal Adams. Deshaun Watson would require an absolute boat load to achieve right now. He̵7;s not even on the block, and he has a trade-free clause, so he’s going to have to give it up. ”
Three selections in the first round.
Three selections from the second round.
A Pro-Bowl caliber player.
Just to start the conversation for Deshaun Watson himself. It will likely take a deal similar to those for Eric Dickerson and Herschel Walker for Watson to wear another jersey.
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Why did there be rumors about Deshaun Watson going to Miami?
The news originally surfaced when the Texans hired Nick Caserio as their GM. Reports came out that Deshaun Watson was frustrated with the team’s process for two reasons. First, he did not involve Watson, as he was promised. Second, the decision was hijacked by Jack Easterby.
Allbright also discussed some of this.
“I was talking to some people down there in Houston while all this was going down. I say that. First of all, the Texans’ organization claims that they were trying to reach out to him [Watson], but he was on vacation or unavailable, and he has not come back to them … All we hear is one side of [argument] and I’m trying to give you the other side just so we’re all on the same side. ”
Another source of frustration was the lack of traction with regard to Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy. Allbright stated that the players thought Eric Bieniemy was the frontrunner for the Texans’ head coach position.
However, Jack Easterby initially once refused to entertain Bieniemy as the Texans did not request an interview for him. On the other hand, with the new GM Nick Caserio at the helm, interviews the many coaches who worked with Bieniemy, such as Leslie Frazier. They may be considering his staff and trying to find out more about Bieniemy.
Allbright also denied a report saying Eric Bieniemy was not interested in the Texans’ jobs.
Cut heads in Texans building over HC
Allbright discussed how there seems to be a growing tension in the building beyond the Deshaun Watson trade rumors over the next HC of the Texans. When he discussed rumors that Josh McDaniels was the next Texans HC, Allbright went into some of the excitement that was going on there.
“Well, I do not think so [hiring Josh McDaniels] is Nick Caserio’s call, but it’s definitely Jack Easterby. I do not think [Texans Owner] Cal McNair wants that to happen. You have to believe that he certainly will not be branded as ‘Patriots South’. I certainly think Caserio would be open to it as he has a positive relationship with Josh McDaniels, but I do not think that’s the way they want to go. ”
Easterby wants one thing, McNair wants another, and Caserios kind of in the middle. Allbright also described the Texans’ locker room as “toxic” right now.
Allbright mentioned that the Texans seem to be gathering a potential staff before they even get into the interview with Eric Bieniemy. It can be a step to be a little sneaky with their coaching positions and fill staff for Bieniemy before he gets hired.