Texans’ Deshaun Watson: “Loyalty Is Everything. Don’t You Ever Forget It.”

The Texans want to mend fences with Deshaun Watson. Based on Watson’s latest comments, it doesn’t sound like the situation has gotten much better. 

[RELATED: Texans Unlikely To Keep Fuller]

Loyalty is everything,” Watson tweeted. “Don’t you EVER forget it.

Watson has been at odds with the Texans for some time now. Tensions boiled over this offseason when Watson was not included in the team’s search for a new GM or head coach. Watson wanted input and, specifically, wanted the Texans to hire Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy as the new HC. Ultimately, they went with veteran assistant David Culley and former Patriots exec Nick Caserio. Reportedly, Watson has yet to answer the phone for either one of them. Meanwhile, Watson and his camp have let the world know that there is no chance of salvaging things in Houston.

What’s the criteria for a quarterback asking to get traded, then actually getting traded?,” Watson’s personal coach Quincy Avery tweeted recently. “Asking for a friend.”

Watson isn’t the only unhappy Texans standout. Wide receiver Will Fullerwho is close with the QB — also wants out. Technically, the Texans are in the driver’s seat on both fronts. Watson is under contract through 2025, thanks to the four-year, $156MM deal he signed less than a year ago. Fuller, meanwhile, is subject to the franchise tag.

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37 comments on “Texans’ Deshaun Watson: “Loyalty Is Everything. Don’t You Ever Forget It.”

    • tigersfan1320

      I’m guessing he means loyalty to what they promised him. They told him he would be apart of the coaching interview process, and then effectively threw him aside

      • mcmillankmm

        I thought he mainly threw a fit after the GM hire? Which it was later revealed the Texans never promised him GM input.

        • mikey

          They asked for his opinion and they didn’t take it into consideration, basically blowing him off. He felt disrespected bc they essentially wanted him to feel his opinion important when in reality they gonna do what they’re gonna do. True they didn’t promise anything. But I feel like they definitely were just patting his head not taking him seriously. And he is the franchise qb so he is basically the head of the franchise so he should’ve at least gotten his candidates interviewed seriously. So I get it.

          • mcmillankmm

            But to a team that just handed you a $36M AAV contract….you really going to demand more?

          • rocky7

            Wait, I guess I don’t understand….if he was indeed told that he can offer his “opinion” of Coaching candidates that management would consider, was promising that whatever his opinion was would be the direction management went on the new hires….I guess the owner and President of the Texans felt better about the candidate they hired than the ones offered in Watson’s opinion….
            Seems he’s pissed and feels disrespected that his “opinion” didn’t result in a decision on a coaching hire he agreed with………will we ever know the real deal here….probably not, but he didn’t feel disrespected when he signed that enormous new 5 year deal he got….now that’s respect!

      • ruckus727

        He just wants no part of this train wreck organization. He’s using the coach/GM thing as an excuse. He just wants to go to a team that understands how to win. That’s not Houston.

      • DarkSide830

        this is the Arenado issue all over again. you cant promise good talent acquisition or team spending into a contract.

    • I give no fox

      Is loyalty a one-way street? Is he supposed to remain loyal without reciprocation? If your wife cheated on you, are you supposed to remain loyal to her even though she wasn’t loyal to you?

      • saluelthpops

        The very definition of loyalty means that the actions of the other party have no affect on how I treat the other party. I don’t blame Watson or the team, but this isn’t loyalty either way.

    • CamFrost

      He wanted to get paid, obviously. I’m sure he was considering things when he signed it, as well. He’s one of only eight guys in the league with a no trade clause. Things haven’t been great with the Texans for some time and I would guess that DW4 saw it himself and gave the dumpster fire another year to hopefully get fixed. Once it went in an even worse direction he wanted out. Now he has the ability to go wherever he wants.

  1. joeygny29

    NBA set the standard for players to whine, cry and demand trade after signing long term. NFL follows suit. Media hypes it up. I will say that I appreciated Watson’s effort a few years back vs Clemson.

  2. mcmillankmm

    So he thinks he’s been loyal to Houston but they haven’t been loyal to him? I certainly would say both sides could have been better.

  3. mcmillankmm

    Houston should tag and trade Fuller, and then trade Watson as well…..Watson is definitely solid and should be for the future but Fuller is going to get overpaid with his next contract…figures the one year he stays healthy he gets suspended

    • dugdog83

      Suspended. Always hurt. One trick pony WR. No ones trading anything for him. Just like Mariotta and teams will wait til he’s dropped and then take their chance.

  4. Armaday

    I think he may be referring partially to the trading of DeAndre Hopkins as well.

    • mcmillankmm

      Good point armaday, that certainly was a poor move from a football standpoint and PR standpoint

  5. Hairy Callous

    Who is Will Fuller to want out of anything? Hurt 50% of the time and on PEDS the other 50%. These players are flat out delusional.

  6. I Beg To Differ

    Trade him.

    Get a haul of draft picks from Dolphins, Jets, or Panthers and plan for 2023 to be the year you’re ready to contend.

    Longer this saga goes on more its going to affect free agency and such.

    Ship out anything that isn’t part of competing long term and aim for the #1 overall in 2022.

  7. Greg M

    What a self absorbed idiot. This guy’s act is getting really old. He’s telling all other teams that he want’s them to be fully loyal to him but that they should not expect the same in return. No thanks…

  8. mcmillankmm

    They should deal him to Miami though, see if you can get Tua and Miami’s two first rounders…feel like that is the best package even if it sucks having to trade to get your own pick back

  9. houston turmoiler

    IMO everything would have been OK had McNair cleaned house, fired Easterby, and changed the makeup of management in the building. That’s the real issue with these players against the team. Cal gave in to Easterby, hired his buddy Caserio, and hired a questionable head coach in Culley. Now it’s too late to hope for a different direction from leadership. Easterby has already won the biggest power struggle, and he’s got McNair firmly in his corner. Can’t say I blame any player for wanting out. This organization is a dumpster fire.

    • CamFrost

      This. It’s funny how people outside of Houston seem to want to trash Watson at every turn bc they don’t get the situation fully.

  10. crosseyedlemon

    Nothing says “Loyalty” like abandoning your teammates because your feelings were hurt.

    • CamFrost

      Except there’s been teammates that have supported his decision to want out.

  11. degrominator34

    It’s funny he says loyalty is everything, when the team wants him to stay so bad, and he wants to leave. No one in media will call this out.

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