You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Texans distancing from Deshaun Watson?

Pro Football Rumors logo Pro Football Rumors 4/12/2021 Zachary Links, Pro Football Rumors
a group of baseball players on a field: Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Deshaun Watson has been removed from the intro video to the team’s online TV show, via Rivers McCown of The Athletic. Though it may seem trivial, it’s another indication that the Texans are preparing for a future without the embattled quarterback.

At last check, 22 lawsuits have been filed against Watson this offseason. In addition to the civil cases, Watson will also face an investigation from the league office. Criminal charges could also be in play now that authorities have been contacted by some of the alleged victims. The allegations from massage therapists range from sexual misconduct to assault.

The Texans spent the early part of the year trying to convince Watson to stay, rather than demand a trade out of Houston. Now, things are far more complicated. The Panthers were said to be Watson’s most fervent suitor but last week they acquired Sam Darnold from the Jets, taking them out of the running. From a football perspective, plenty of teams would want Watson, but the ongoing situation means that he’s probably untradeable.

As the lawsuits and investigations continue to play out, it seems increasingly likely that Watson will wind up on the Commissioner’s Exempt list, which would bar him from taking the field while still collecting his salary.

Watson, who turns 26 in September, led the league with 4,823 passing yards in 2020 — a new career-high. He also set new personal bests with 33 passing touchdowns and a 70.2% completion rate.

Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily. Always free! Sign up now ▸

More must-reads:

Related slideshow: The 25 best non-fiction sports books (Provided by Yardbarker)


More from Pro Football Rumors

Pro Football Rumors
Pro Football Rumors
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon