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Texans' J.J. Watt addresses trade speculation

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J.J. Watt holding a ball © Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

J.J. Watt said he is focused on winning in Houston and is not distracted by trade speculation as the NFL deadline approaches and the team off to a 1-5 start.

"My goal since I got here was to bring a championship to the city of Houston," Watt said Wednesday during a Zoom video call. "That remains my goal until the day I'm not a Houston Texan anymore. That will always be my goal. That's what I'm working towards."

Watt, 31, is one of the most valuable assets on and off the field as a popular, bankable star with 99 career sacks. He's being paid $15.5 million this year and $17.5 million next year in the final year of his contract.

Texans wide receiver Randall Cobb also answered a question about trade rumors surrounding the receiving corps. Cobb signed a three-year, $27 million contract this offseason. Cobb mentioned a post-practice conversation about the possibility of trades, but wasn't speaking specifically about himself being traded.

"I've seen crazier things happen," Cobb said. "I bought a house here, so I've planned on being here for the long haul. We'll see how it all plays out. There was a conversation after practice that took place. I don't know what to think or what to believe. You come to work and you do your job every day."

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson predicted that trades aren't going to unfold and referenced that conversation was held with the entire team following practice Wednesday.

"Them boys ain't getting traded," Watson said. "That was something that we squashed at the end of practice. It wasn't too big of a deal. I know a lot of people were probably thinking that Randall was saying he's getting traded. He's not going anywhere. Nobody is going anywhere.

"We're going to stick with this team and keep pushing forward. All of that stuff is just kind of something we wanted to squash because it's a whole lot of noise and people of course see it on social media. So, we just basically squashed it and let everyone know to focus on ball and focus on this team."

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