Video taken and shared by FOX 26’s Mark Berman from Texans camp this morning shows Watson entering the team’s facilities. Noticeably, he was wearing a Texans sweatshirt with a big team logo on the front.
A number of Twitter detectives in the comments section of Berman’s tweet noted that it’s the first time Watson has worn Texans gear since the end of last season. The reasons for that are pretty well-documented by now.
Watson led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards in 2020 – a franchise record. He also had a franchise record 33 touchdowns. But it wasn’t enough to help the Texans’ season at all as they finished with a 4-12 record.
The offseason that ensued was one that Texans fans would like to forget.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 28, 2021
Despite being the first team to fire their head coach during the 2020 season, they were the last team to hire a replacement in David Culley. That hire, as well as the hire of Nick Caserio as their general manager, came without the team indulging Deshaun Watson on his potential candidates.
Watson had reportedly been promised input on both searches, but the team made the hires without doing so. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback did not like that one bit, and combined with a litany of other factors, publicly asked the Texans for a trade.
Houston wouldn’t grant him one in the months that followed, but softened that stance earlier this week.
Deshaun Watson may be “back” with the Houston Texans, but he may be there for a limited time only.