Houston Texans turmoil could reportedly lead to Tua Tagovailoa-Deshaun Watson blockbuster swap
The amount of dysfunction around the Houston Texans franchise only seems to grow by the day, and now star QB Deshaun Watson is even more upset than he was when the organization traded WR DeAndre Hopkins.
The Texans reportedly did not follow the recommendation of the search firm Korn Ferry and hire Pittsburgh Steelers vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan as their next general manager, league sources told ESPN. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Khan and ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Louis Riddick were the two finalists before Texans owner Cal McNair changed his mind and ignored the recommendation of the search firm to hire former New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, sources said.
Multiple people in the Texans organization, including Watson, were upset with how Houston’s search took a sudden and unexpected turn. Watson is said to be furious over the decision, and others are as well, with some saying that there will be employees who wind up leaving the organization during the offseason.
On ESPN’s Sunday morning Postseason NFL Countdown, ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen added to the dialogue.
“Reports that Deshaun Watson is unhappy with the Texans are accurate,” Mortsenen said, per 247Sports. “After the team hired Nick Caserio as GM, it did not interview Chiefs (offensive coordinator) Eric Bieniemy as a head coach candidate, sources have confirmed. Watson has a new $156 million (contract), but … the franchise’s insensitivity on social injustice causes have been reinforced, and a source close to the quarterback says he very well could push for a trade.
“And get this — one scenario for a landing spot is the Miami Dolphins, trading places with Tua Tagovailoa to the Houston Texans. And you’re not going to get anything but denials at this stage from both franchises, Adam, but this is an offseason puzzle we may be trying to put together.”