Deshaun Watson tells new coach he still wants to be traded
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Deshaun Watson tells new coach he still wants to be traded

It appears the Houston Texans hiring David Culley as their new head coach did little to appease wantaway quarterback Deshaun Watson. 

ESPN's Dan Graziano is reporting that Watson met with Culley last Friday (Feb. 19) and said he still wants a trade and has "no intention" of playing for the Texans again. 

The Texans have Watson signed through 2025 and have thus far told teams they don't plan on trading him this offseason. It's unknown if Watson would hold out and accept daily fines for missing training camp sessions and preseason games. 

Earlier this week, NFL Media's Michael Silver reported that the Seattle Seahawks have set the starting point for trade negotiations involving quarterback Russell Wilson at three first-round draft picks. It's widely assumed Houston will want clubs to match or better that for Watson, who is only 25 years old and doesn't have many realistic options other than rejecting paychecks by holding out or retiring ahead of his physical prime and walking away from potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in NFL earnings. 

The NFL Draft isn't scheduled to start until April 29, so the Texans theoretically have over two months before they may first feel they have to make a final decision on how they'll handle Watson's request for at least the 2021 season. For now, it seems the standoff between the two parties will continue through the start of the springtime months. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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