The plan was for Houston Texans’ star quarterback Deshaun Watson and former great Andre Johnson to be a part of the team’s process of hiring a new general manager and head coach. The original plan was for Watson, Johnson, Houston’s team president, and the search firm Korn Ferry working in collaboration with Texans owner Cal McNair as the team fills its vacancies in the coaching department and front office.
While those above were meant to have a voice in the hiring process, things did not turn out that way. McNair hired Nick Caserio as the Texans’ new general manager even as interviews were still being conducted. Candidates who were still waiting for interviews never got their chance.
The actions of Houston’s team owner clearly did not sit well with Johnson. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver and the first player ever inducted into the Texans’ Ring of Honor. Further, Johnson is the Texans’ franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He played for Houston from 2003 to ’14. His final season was O’Brien’s first with the team.
However, the actions of the team apparently didn’t sit well with Watson either. He is reportedly considering waiving the no-trade clause that is currently in his contract.
Johnson sent a message to the team’s franchise quarterback Tuesday on Twitter. The former wideout tweeted his thoughts on the current situation surrounding the team, saying, “If I’m DeShaun Watson, I will stand my ground.”
“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!!!”
DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt Speak Out on Situation with DeShaun Watson
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was part of a blockbuster trade by former Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien back in March. He also gave his thoughts on the matter involving DeShaun Watson. On Tuesday the All-pro tweeted, “When Dre speak listen.”
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Watson is reportedly still upset over the Texans’ insensitivity to social justice, which includes the team’s hiring practices. More specifically, Watson was upset that the Texans did not schedule an interview with current Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy. Watson would reportedly consider waiving his no-trade clause to go to Miami in a deal that would include current Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Johnson, Watson, and Hopkins aren’t the only current and former Houston stars who are upset over the current state of the team. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt reportedly gave an apology to DeShaun Watson at the end of the team’s Week 17 loss to the Titans.
“I’m sorry we wasted one of your years,” Watt told the 25-year-old quarterback.