When Nick Caserio took the Houston Texans general manager job earlier this year, he probably didn’t expect that his new team’s franchise quarterback would immediately want out while facing serious legal issues. So when a question about Deshaun Watson was asked during training camp, he was ready.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Caserio was asked to confirm whether Watson is, in fact, still seeking a trade. Caserio declined to comment and stated that he won’t repeat what the team has already said.
“I’m not gonna comment on what’s been communicated,” Caserio said. Of course, what has been communicated to everyone is that Watson wants out.
The only real change in the past week has been the Texans’ stance on the matter. After nearly six months of maintaining that Watson will not be traded, they are reportedly willing to hear offers now.
Texans GM Nick Caserio politely declines to confirm that QB Deshaun Watson has reiterated his standing trade request: "I'm not gonna comment on what's been communicated."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 28, 2021
The last few months have been a nightmare for Houston Texans fans to say the least. It took them longer than any other team to settle on a new head coach, all the while Deshaun Watson was making it clear that he wanted out.
Then the controversy involving the numerous assault allegations against Watson came to light. It was practically radio silence between the two sides in the months that followed.
But with Watson now officially back at Texans training camp, at least the Texans are in a position to reopen the dialogue.
Judging by how things still appear to be between them though, Nick Caserio has a rough and lengthy road ahead.