Deshaun Watson continues to be unhappy with the Houston Texans. Shannon Sharpe has some words of advice for the young quarterback and a prediction about his future.
Sharpe said Watson “should stand his ground” in his dealings with the Houston franchise. He shared his thoughts during Wednesday’s episode of “UNDISPUTED” on Fox Sports.
“Deshaun Watson is going to have to do what’s in the best interest for Deshaun Watson,” Sharpe also said.
Sharpe argues in favor of Watson doing what’s in the 25-year-old’s “best interest” based on decisions made by the Houston Texans organization. The team started the 2020 season 0-4. Houston finished third in the AFC South with an overall record of 4-12.
“Because, clearly, (Houston has) blown an opportunity. They’ve wasted some valuable years. They let Duane Brown go. …” Sharpe continued in his discussion with co-host Skip Bayless. “If I’m Deshaun, Skip, I stick my ground because there have been some things said that they would talk to him about certain things and that didn’t come true.”
Shannon Sharpe also alluded to recent news that Deshaun Watson continues to be angry with the Texans for other reasons. These include not interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy for the team’s vacant head coaching position. Watson also did not like the move by Texans team owner Cal McNair to hire Nick Caserio as general manager without consulting him.
Watson has also been angered by what he sees as the team’s insensitivity to social injustice. He is also reportedly not happy with the team’s hiring practices. These issues have some believing that Watson could waive his no-trade clause.
Shannon Sharpe Says There’s 85% Chance Watson Leaves Houston
Also on Wednesday, Shannon Sharpe said he thinks Watson will most likely leave Houston for another NFL team. He also believes getting away from the Texans is what needs to happen for Watson.
“I believe it’s going to end bad for the Houston Texans,” Sharpe said. “… I say there is an 85 percent chance Deshaun Watson is under center for someone else next year other than the Houston Texans.”
Should Houston refuse to trade Watson, Sharpe said he does not believe the quarterback will choose not to report to the team.
“He won’t do that,” Sharpe added. “I don’t know him that well, but I know he will be professional. He’ll always be professional. He’ll come in and he’ll do his thing.”
Miami and San Francisco are possible future homes for Watson, according to Sharpe. He thinks the quarterback’s future is especially bright if he goes to California.
“If he ever got to the 49ers … Deshaun Watson, within two years, will be the MVP of the NFL in that offense,” Sharpe added.
According to ESPN, Watson had a solid season for the Texans. He threw for 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions.
Andre Johnson has shared his support for Watson. Taking to Twitter earlier this week, he said:
“If I’m @deshaunwatson I will stand my ground. The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers. Since Jack Easterby has walk into the building nothing good has happened in/for the organization and for some reason someone can’t seem to see what’s going on. Pathetic!!!”
It seems that Shannon Sharpe and others agree.