Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Fri 4/2/21 6:47 PM37 Comments

The Houston Police Department released a statement Friday regarding a report filed against Watson. "Today, a complainant filed a report with the Houston Police Department concerning Deshaun Watson. As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is now conducting an investigation and will not comment further during the investigative process."
EDGE Analysis
In recent weeks, 21 civil lawsuits have been filed against Watson, alleging inappropriate conduct and sexual assault. The NFL opened an investigation into the matter on March 18, at which time the Texans noted they "still stay in close contact with the league as they do" but "do not anticipate making any additional statements until" it concludes, per NFL.com. After Friday's complaint, Watson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, released a statement on behalf of Watson. According to Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com, "We welcome this long overdue development. Now we will learn the identity of at least one accuser. We will fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department." There appears to be no end in sight to Watson's situation as the legal system does its due diligence.

Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Fri 3/19/21 1:19 PM

The league is investigating allegations made this past week against Watson under the NFL's personal-conduct policy, NFL.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
In a statement released Thursday, the Texans noted that they will cooperate with the league's investigation. "The NFL informed us today that they will conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson," the team stated. "We will stay in close contact with the league as they do. We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We do not anticipate making any additional statements until the NFL's investigation concludes." Per Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com, seven lawsuits have been filed against Watson, alleging inappropriate conduct and sexual assault.

Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Fri 2/26/21 3:49 PM

Watson is willing to sit out the preseason and even miss regular-season games if the Texans don't agree to trade him, independent NFL journalist Dov Kleiman reports.
EDGE Analysis
Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reported Thursday that Watson has already informed new Texans coach David Culley that he has no intention of playing for the team again, so announcing a willingness to skip games is simply the star signal-caller doubling down on his position. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports Houston still isn't taking trade inquiries for Watson, making it notable the team could fine the 25-year-old over $3 million if he skips events such the offseason minicamp, plus preseason and regular-season games. Of course, if Watson is indeed as firmly entrenched in his desire to be traded as it seems, the Texans could ultimately be forced to relent and recoup losses rather than play hardball. Watson's no-trade clause could complicate eventual negotiations, as any final deal would require his approval; however, Houston should still be positioned receive multiple first-round picks in return for the three-time Pro Bowler.

Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Thu 2/25/21 3:29 PM

Watson met with David Culley last Friday and told the Texans' new coach he has no intention of playing for the team, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Watson reiterated his trade request, shutting the door on any notion that a new coach might convince him to stick around. No matter, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports the Texans are still avoiding trade conversations and insisting they won't deal their disgruntled QB. In the unlikely event of neither side budging, the Texans will be able to fine Watson for every practice and game he misses, as the young QB is under contract through 2025 after signing a four-year extension in September. The deal includes a no-trade clause, which means Watson will have some say in the process if the Texans eventually relent and consider trade offers.

Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Fri 1/29/21 1:33 PM5 Comments

Texans GM Nick Caserio said he has "zero interest" in trading Watson, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Watson requested a trade earlier in January, and a recent report from Adam Schefter of ESPN suggests the hiring of head coach David Culley isn't likely to change the quarterback's mind. It sounds like the Texans will continue their attempt to mend the relationship, hoping to convince Watson that things will be different under a new coaching staff and front office. The Watson/Texans saga will be the biggest story of the 2021 NFL offseason.

Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Thu 1/28/21 10:07 AM

Watson requested a trade a few weeks ago, and he isn't expected to change his mind after the Texans hired David Culley as their new head coach, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
Watson is frustrated with the direction (or lack thereof) of the organization, so he's hoping to force a trade despite signing a four-year, $156 million extension in September. The Texans could try to play hardball and convince him to stay, but it seems more likely that they'll explore trade possibilities, as Watson appears set on leaving. Potential suitors include the Dolphins, Jets, Panthers, Broncos and 49ers.

Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Mon 1/18/21 12:28 AM1 Comment

There is a belief around the Texans organization that Watson has played his last snap with the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
There has been a rift forming between Watson and Texans chairman Cal McNair, which intensified when McNair left Watson out of the hiring process that ultimately landed general manager Nick Caserio. Houston is yet to hire a head coach, but it appears Watson will want out regardless of who ultimately takes that job. The Texans would likely receive a robust trade package in return for Watson should the team opt to go that route, and ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes the Dolphins are the most likely landing spot in such a scenario given the team's ample draft capital and Watson's admiration for coach Brian Flores.

Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Sun 1/3/21 10:28 PM

Watson completed 28 of 39 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans. He added 12 rushing yards on three carries.
EDGE Analysis
The fourth-year QB once again put together a heroic effort that ended up going for naught due to Houston's woeful defense. Watson finished his best-yet campaign with career highs in passing yards (4,823), passing TDs (33), completion rate (70.2 percent) and YPA (8.9) plus a career low in INTs (seven). He'll now wait to see who his new head coach and offensive coordinator will be in 2021, and whether the incoming braintrust will be able to assemble a better roster around him.

Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Fri 1/1/21 3:40 PM

Interim head coach Romeo Crennel reiterated Friday that he plans to have Watson start the Texans' Week 17 game against the Titans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Yes, I expect him to play. I expect him to play and help us win," Crennel said of Watson. "If we're up by 50 at halftime, then maybe I'll take him out."
EDGE Analysis
Though Watson appeared to hurt his arm late in last week's loss to the Bengals, he wasn't listed on the Texans' Week 17 injury report, implying that the team is comfortable with where he stands on the health front. Aside from potentially playing spoiler to a playoff-hopeful divisional rival in the season finale, the 4-11 Texans wouldn't seem to have much on the line, but that apparently won't result in Watson being rested at any point if the game remains reasonably competitive. With that in mind, Watson should rank as one of the stronger fantasy plays of the Week 17 slate, especially with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger and Jared Goff (thumb) already confirmed to be sitting out their team's respective finales.

Deshaun Watson
QB HOU (8)
Wed 12/30/20 4:24 PM

Watson (arm) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Watson spent time on the ground in pain after taking a sack late during last weekend's loss to the Bengals, but it appears as though he's avoided any sort of noteworthy injury. The 25-year-old signal-caller appears fully on track for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Titans.