There’s obviously been a lot of instability and drama with the Texans this year but this would still be a huge bombshell if Watson elected to go through with it considering he just signed a staggering, $39 million per year deal this summer.
According to Over The Cap, trading Watson would result in a loss of $5.66 million in cap space and a $21.6 million dead cap charge.
However, Watson would likely return a huge haul in a trade considering his status as one of the best young quarterbacks in the game.
It’s worth noting Watson has thrown his support behind Eric Bieniemy as a head coaching candidate for Houston, but as of today, the Texans are the only team with a vacancy not to request an interview with the Chiefs offensive coordinator.
Watson has also expressed support for current OC Tim Kelly to remain, so it’s possible the team not listening to him could be a factor in his thinking.
Watson, 25, was taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft out of Clemson by the Texans. He signed a four-year, $13.854 million with the Texans that included a fifth-year option around $17.3 million for the 2021 season.
The Texans signed Watson to a four-year deal worth as much as $177 million heading into the 2020 season, paying him $39 million a year.
In 2020, Watson appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 444 yards and three touchdowns.
We’ll have more on Watson as the news is available.