Deshaun Watson Posts Smiling Getaway Pic Amid Drama With Houston Texans

by Joe Rutland

Houston Texans starting quarterback Deshaun Watson is not happy these days with team management, so he’s getting away from it all.

Watson decided he’d get some boat time with his girlfriend Jilly Anais. On a sunny Friday somewhere with water, Watson and Anais are shown chilling in the sunshine.

Now Watson has held discussions with Texans team owner Cal McNair about having input around hiring decisions. This comes on the heels of a disastrous 4-12 season, the second one in Watson’s four years with the Texans. Both Watson and veteran defensive lineman J.J. Watt have been vocal about their displeasure with the team’s effort.

McNair reportedly told Watson that he would have input, but that didn’t happen earlier this week. McNair hired Nick Caserio, a former executive with the New England Patriots, to be the team’s general manager. This news caught Watson by surprise.

Sources close to Watson have been telling media outlets that the quarterback is thinking about asking for a trade from the Texans. It also should be noted that Watson just signed a new four-year, $160 million contract back in September.

Report Says Texans Aren’t Trading Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson played well this season. He led the NFL with 4,823 yards and had 33 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. But it didn’t equate to wins. That disparity in the play isn’t lost on his teammate either. Watt apologized to his quarterback after the team’s 41-38 loss Sunday to the Titans.

“Good job, brother. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. We wasted one of your years. I’m sorry. We should have 11 wins,” Watt told Watson, according to NBC Sports.

All of this is grist for the rumor mill, and the Texans want to stop it before it gets out of hand. The team doesn’t plan to trade away the 25-year-old star — even if he asks.

“Under no circumstances will the Texans trade Watson,” writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, adding that, even if Watson asks for one, “he’s not going anywhere.”

Watson hasn’t said publicly if he wanted out of Texas or not, but he has made some cryptic remarks. For example, shortly after Houston hired Caserio, Watson tweeted “Some things never change….” He quickly deleted it.

However, he could have also been tweeting about the prosecutor’s decision in Kenosha, Wis., not to charge police officers with the August shooting of Jacob Blake. That was also announced around the same time as Caserio’s hiring.

Watson is under contact with the Houston Texans until 2026.