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Giants Owner John Mara Sends Clear Message About Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson warms up.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 03: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans in action against the Tennessee Titans during a game at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

The New York Giants introduced general manager Joe Schoen this Wednesday afternoon. Following his press conference, team owner John Mara made a few interesting comments.

When discussing the Giants' quarterback situation, Mara made it sound like Daniel Jones will be the starting quarterback for the 2022 season.

"We do feel Daniel can play," Mara said. "We’ve done everything possible to screw this kid up."

Mara also revealed that his team will not pursue a blockbuster trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Giants were recently linked to the Pro Bowl quarterback.

"We are not trading for Deshaun Watson," Mara told reporters.

The Giants own a pair of top-10 picks in this year's draft. If they wanted to acquire Watson, they'd have the draft ammo to pull off a deal.

However, Mara pointed out that New York's salary cap situation isn't ideal at the moment. Watson's base salary for the 2022 season is currently set at $35 million.

Mara also mentioned Watson's current legal situation. He is facing 22 lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior.

If Watson does get traded this offseason, it won't be to the Giants.