Oct 25, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) looks to pass during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Sources: Deshaun Watson trade ‘not going to happen’ now

As the clock ticks down toward a Tuesday afternoon NFL deadline, the prospects of a blockbuster trade involving embattled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson have dwindled down to somewhere between an extremely unlikely scenario to zero chance of unfolding.

Here’s why a Watson trade is not expected to crystallize until the offseason at the soonest, according to multiple league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

Although the Texans, the Miami Dolphins, the team Watson has authorized waiving the no-trade clause in his $156 million contract for, and Watson are all highly motivated to make this happen, his complicated legal situation is just one of several obstacles standing in the way of a deal at this time.

“This trade is not going to happen, right now,” a source said. “I would expect this all to be revisited before free agency in March and pick up speed toward the draft in April. There’s just too much going on to expect a trade to happen. Simply put, it’s a lot.”

Watson is facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct along with 10 active criminal complaints, including eight complaints from litigants with two non-litigants, being investigated by the Houston Police Department with a grand jury in Harris County, Texas empaneled to hear the district attorney’s potential push for an indictment. While no charges have been filed by the HPD and no indictment is pending and there is no apparent audio, video or DNA evidence against the three-time Pro Bowl selection, there is still zero clarity for the Watson camp and his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, on whether he will ultimately face criminal charges.

That created a hesitancy for Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, according to sources, along with the obvious concern about the public relations fallout and potential damage to the brand by acquiring a player accused of serious allegations, albeit unproven ones.

Ross wants Watson to be unencumbered by the lawsuits or potential prosecution, according to sources. Watson does not intend to settle the cases at this time, so trade talks have reached an impasse.

Beyond the legal situation hanging over Watson, there’s also the heavy draft capital demands from the Texans, whom sources say want at least three first-round draft picks and two second-round selections or some talented players as part of a potential trade package. This is a possible franchise-altering opportunity for the rebuilding Texans, who are 1-6 and on a six-game losing streak heading into Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Texans general manager Nick Caserio doesn’t want to squander the opportunity to capitalize on the opportunity to acquire valuable draft picks he can use to overhaul the roster and add some good football players to move on from the Watson mess he inherited when he left the New England Patriots to take over the AFC South franchise’s personnel department.

Meanwhile, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell disclosed Tuesday at the league meetings that the league doesn’t have the required information or clarity to determine whether Watson should be placed on the commissioner-exempt list, the equivalent of paid leave.

That means that Watson would be eligible to play immediately should he be traded by the NFL trade deadline next Tuesday afternoon.

Watson has not been charged with a crime and has denied wrongdoing through Hardin. At one point, the FBI investigated, including whether Watson was the victim of an extortion attempt and whether interstate human trafficking laws had been potentially violated. A grand jury has been empaneled to investigate the matter.

Under its collective bargaining agreement’s personal conduct policy, the NFL is not expected to punish Watson until his legal situation has been adjudicated.

“We don’t have all the access to that information and pride ourselves on not interfering with it,” Goodell told reporters in New York. “That process is ongoing There obviously are other, I’ll call it legal approaches that are being made either through civil cases. Obviously the police have been investigating also. We don’t have all the access to that information at this point in time, and we pride ourselves on not interfering in that, being cooperative as we can to make sure we get all the facts.

“But I think that process is still ongoing. Until that process is ongoing and we have enough data and enough information to be able to make a determination of whether he should go on commissioner exempt, we don’t feel that we have that necessary information at this point.”

None of the legal situations, including whether Watson will be indicted by a grand jury or charged directly by the HPD, is expected to be resolved by the trade deadline and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is not obviously going to rush any decision based on football matters.

No trade is imminent or likely at this time, according to sources.

The Dolphins have been Watson’s preferred destination throughout this process since he first requested a trade in January due to the former Clemson star feeling disenchanted with the organization and chairman and CEO Cal McNair because of a lack of involvement and communication in the hiring process of Caserio and coach David Culley on the heels of him first being angered by the controversial trade of All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in March of 2020, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

The Carolina Panthers briefly emerged as a player in the Watson situation and the quarterback respects the NFC South franchise and was somewhat open to potentially considering them as a destination should a trade have been agreed to according to sources.

However, Watson has been adamant throughout the process that the Dolphins are where he wants to go. Watson would not waive his no-trade clause for the Philadelphia Eagles, who were extremely interested in him and sent an investigator to Houston previously to investigate Watson’s legal situation, according to sources.

Watson is “intentional” in his desire to never play another down for the Texans, per sources. Watson reported to training camp to avoid accruing $50,000 daily fines. He reports to work every day to work out, but has not practiced since training camp and he no longer attends meetings, per sources. He has been inactive every week for non-injury reasons-personal matter.

In an August news conference, Hardin stated about the FBI brief involvement in the case, which originated with plaintiffs’ attorney Tony Buzbee: “In April, the FBI came to us and told us they were investigating a matter as to whether one of Mr. Buzbee’s clients had committed extortion in the way they were demanding money from Deshaun or what they would do if they didn’t pay it,” Hardin said.

One potentially bad scenario for Watson and any team that trades for him to consider: Watson possibly being charged with a crime and then being placed on the commissioner-exempt list and not going to trial until late next year and then being unavailable in 2021 and 2022 and, depending on how a possible case is adjudicated, potentially being punished for an undetermined portion of the 2023 season.

Watson is due a $35 million guaranteed base salary in 2022 and is being paid a $10.54 million base salary by the Texans this year.

Another wrinkle in the trade talks is the potential involvement of another franchise and another possible trade, not involving Watson, according to league sources.

Recently, McNair was noncommittal on the prospects of potentially trading Watson, who led the NFL in passing yards last season and is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL regardless of position.

“We’ll just wait and see,” McNair said during the Texans’ second annual Founder’s Day at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Houston. “It’s a day-to-day thing. Nick is in charge of that, so we’ll see how that works out.”

When asked to rate the odds of Watson being traded by a Nov. 2 league deadline, McNair smiled and replied: “I have no idea.”

The Watson issue was inherited by Caserio and Culley.

“I think they’ve been put in a very tough spot, a spot that is not of their choosing and they’ve made the very best of it and sort of worked through it day to day,” McNair said. “So, we’ll see where it goes.”

Watson reported to training camp to avoid incurring $50,000 daily fines.

The NFL issued a statement prior to training camp.

“The NFL’s review of the serious allegations against Deshaun Watson remains ongoing and active,” the league said in an email. “We are working cooperatively with the Houston Police Department and ensuring that the NFL’s inquiry does not interfere with their investigation. As we continue to gather additional information and monitor law enforcement developments, we will make appropriate decisions consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Personal Conduct Policy. At this time, there are no restrictions on Watson’s participation in club activities.”

A source said that the NFL hasn’t been given access to speak to many of the plaintiffs in the civil cases or third parties who may have relevant information. And the league hasn’t been given access to evidence the police have gathered in their investigation.

Hardin, said during an August press conference that Watson has yet to speak to NFL investigators.

“The answer is no,” Hardin said. “Here’s the reason: The NFL regularly tries to not reach out to the defendant and his lawyers until the criminal investigation is over. They want to make sure they don’t interfere with the criminal investigation. Whenever the time is appropriate we will fully cooperate.”

That time, though, isn’t now. And the timing for a trade feels off to many close to the situation.

–By Aaron Wilson, Field Level Media

Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson next team odds: Dolphins lead 12-pack

The Miami Dolphins are widely considered the favorite to land quarterback Deshaun Watson if he’s traded by the Houston Texans, but one sportsbook is offering odds on a dozen potential NFL destinations.

MaximBet is offering the Dolphins at 3-2 (-150), with the Carolina Panthers owning the next-shortest odds to acquire Watson at 3-1. The Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos are each being offered at 5-1.

The 26-year-old would consider a trade to several teams ahead of the Nov. 2 trade deadline, according to a report Monday by ESPN. The Dolphins have been tied to rumors involving Watson since before the start of the regular season, with the Houston Chronicle reporting that a trade could be completed by the end of last week.

The newspaper reported that Watson nixed a deal to the Eagles, who are 2-5 with Jalen Hurts at quarterback. The Panthers are still in the NFC playoff picture at 3-4, with The Athletic reporting Carolina is interested in Watson due to the ongoing struggles of Sam Darnold, who was benched in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants.

The Broncos have lost four consecutive games after beginning the season 3-0. ESPN reported they could be an option, but Denver has yet to enter the bidding process. The Broncos acquired Teddy Bridgewater from Carolina over the offseason and also have Drew Lock.

If Watson is dealt to Miami, there is a chance he’s in uniform facing the Texans on Nov. 7.

Watson hasn’t played for the Texans this season. He stands accused of sexual assault by 22 women who have filed lawsuits. Police and the NFL have ongoing investigations.

Houston has reportedly sought three first-round selections and two second-round picks in any trade for Watson.

Though he is disgruntled with the Texans, Watson reported to training camp to avoid being fined $50,000 per day. He attends meetings but hasn’t played in any games.

Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has passed for 14,539 yards, 104 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in 54 games (53 starts) over four seasons. He established career highs of 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns last season while throwing a career low seven interceptions.

Deshaun Watson Next Team Odds:
Miami Dolphins: 3-2 (-150)
Carolina Panthers: 3-1
Philadelphia Eagles: 5-1
Pittsburgh Steelers: 5-1
Denver Broncos: 5-1
New Orleans Saints: 12-1
Chicago Bears: 15-1
Green Bay Packers: 30-1
Detroit Lions: 40-1
Indianapolis Colts: 50-1
Atlanta Falcons: 75-1
Washington Football Team: 100-1

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Deshaun Watson open to trade with several teams

Estranged Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson would consider a trade to several teams with the trade deadline fast approaching, ESPN reported Monday.

Watson would be willing to waive his contractual no-trade clause for teams in addition to the Miami Dolphins, per the report. Watson and the Dolphins have been linked in trade talks since the beginning of the season. The Houston Chronicle reported that a Dolphins-Watson trade could be completed by the end of last week.

The Athletic reported the Carolina Panthers have interest in Watson, given Sam Darnold’s struggles.

The Houston Chronicle reported Watson has nixed a deal to the Philadelphia Eagles.

There are other teams in the mix, per reports, with talks are swirling for the 26-year-old ahead of the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. ET.

Per ESPN, the Denver Broncos are considered an option, but the team hasn’t yet entered the bidding according to the report.

If Watson is dealt to Miami, there is a chance he’s in uniform facing the Texans on Nov. 7.

Watson hasn’t played for the Texans this season. He stands accused of sexual assault by 22 women who have filed lawsuits. Police and the NFL have ongoing investigations.

Houston has reportedly sought three first-round selections and two second-round picks in any trade for Watson.

Though he is disgruntled with the Texans, Watson reported to training camp to avoid being fined $50,000 per day. He attends meetings but hasn’t played in any games.

Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has passed for 14,539 yards, 104 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in 54 games (53 starts) over four seasons. He established career highs of 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns last season while throwing a career low seven interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold was sacked by Jeremy Chinn of Carolina in the first half as the Carolina Panthers faced the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on October 24, 2021.

The Carolina Panthers Faced The New York Giants At Metlife Stadium In East Rutherford Nj On October 24 2021

Reports: Sam Darnold still Panthers’ starter; Deshaun Watson talk revs up

After Sam Darnold’s benching in the Carolina Panthers’ 25-3 loss to the host New York Giants on Sunday, the fourth-year quarterback heard both good and bad news about his potential future as the starter.

On the one hand, Panthers coach Matt Rhule told reporters, “Sam will be our quarterback next week. He will be our quarterback moving forward.”

However, a report from The Athletic on Sunday indicated that the Panthers are now expected to engage in trade talks with the Houston Texans for embattled star quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Darnold went 16 of 25 passing for 111 yards and an interception against the Giants on Sunday. In seven starts this season, the third overall pick of the New York Jets in 2018, is 153 of 249 passing (61.4 percent) for 1,684 yards for seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

“I can’t look to the future, but I don’t believe it will (change the team’s approach to the trade deadline),” Rhule said, regarding Sunday’s outcome, according to The Athletic.

“Everybody’s disappointed right now. There’s emotions flying around, all those things. But you saw the game, it wasn’t very good in any regard,” Rhule said.

The Panthers (3-4) lost their fourth straight game after winning their first three games.

Previously, the Panthers were showing no interest publicly or privately in trying to land Watson, according to The Athletic.

Watson has not played this season. He is facing nearly two dozen civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct, and 10 criminal complaints have been file against him. He has maintained his innocence to all of the accusations.

In four NFL seasons, all with the Texans, Watson has completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 14,539 yards with 104 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. He also has rushed for 1,677 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins are believed to be interested in trying to acquire Watson before the Nov. 2 trade deadline.

The Panthers visit the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores talks with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) during a timeout during the second half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins coach: Tua Tagovailoa ‘is our quarterback’

Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores doubled down on Tua Tagovailoa as his team’s starting quarterback in the midst of the latest round of rumors involving Deshaun Watson.

“I don’t really get into rumors — Tua is our quarterback,” Flores said on Friday when asked about Watson, who has been linked in potential trade talks with the Dolphins.

“We’re happy with the quarterback, our quarterback situation. I’ll leave it at that, which I’ve said multiple times.”

The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that a trade involving the Dolphins and Texans could be finalized this week.

Watson, who initially requested a trade from the Texans in January, faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior. He has yet to play this season.

Tagovailoa, 23, has produced modest returns since being selected by Miami with the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

He has thrown for 544 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in three games this season. He missed three games with fractured ribs for the Dolphins (1-5), who are mired in a five-game losing skid.

Tagovailoa made nine starts for the Dolphins as a rookie last season, compiling a 6-3 record and completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,814 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards and three scores.

Flores has been quick to praise Tagovailoa’s work ethic and play on the field.

“I think his preparation, the way he practices and the way he performs has been good. I thought he played very well last week,” Flores said. “I think his psyche is in a good place. He’s a confident kid, he’s a tough kid and really, he’s played in two games this year so he should have a lot of confidence in the way he’s played. We have a lot of confidence in him because of the way he’s played.

“He’s developing. I think this kid is smart, I think he’s, I think he’s talented. I think he’s accurate, I think he definitely has the opportunity to be a very good NFL player. … There’s always bumps in the road for anyone in any career, any profession. You have to work through those and you become better for it.”

Watson, 26, has passed for 14,539 yards, 104 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in 54 games (53 starts) over four seasons. The three-time Pro Bowl selection established career highs of 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns last season while throwing a career-low seven interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson inactive for Week 2

The Houston Texans, for the second consecutive week to begin the 2021 NFL season, have listed quarterback Deshaun Watson as inactive (not injury related), ruling him out for action in Week 2.

The move doesn’t come as a surprise, given the complicated circumstances surrounding Watson and his relationship with the team.

Watson demanded a trade at the conclusion of the 2020 season. He is under investigation by Houston police and facing lawsuits over allegations of sexual assault and misconduct from more than 20 women.

On Sunday, ESPN reported that Houston’s asking price for a Watson trade would include a minimum of six combined players and picks, a very steep request.

Teams interested in trading for Watson are requesting contingencies on compensation for protection because of his legal trouble, per that same report.

Watson, 26, is a three-time Pro Bowler.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans GM: Deshaun Watson likely inactive for Week 1

Deshaun Watson will be paid $620,000 for his efforts Week 1, when the Houston Texans’ franchise quarterback is unlikely to play or even put on a uniform for the season opener against Jacksonville.

Watson would be a gameday inactive behind rookie backup Davis Mills and starter Tyrod Taylor under the plan general manager Nick Caserio described in a radio interview Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t expect him to play,” Caserio told Sports Radio 610 in Houston on Wednesday. “I wouldn’t anticipate him playing this Sunday and we’ll recalibrate as we go.”

Watson, whose base salary this season is $10.54 million, hasn’t budged in his standoff with the team that began during the offseason coaching search that turned up first-time head coach David Culley. Culley, a longtime assistant with the Baltimore Ravens, was not the first choice for Watson, who felt he should’ve been consulted and wanted Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to get stronger consideration from Caserio.

Watson, who turns 26 next week, demanded a trade. Then, allegations of sexual assault and misconduct came to light from more than 20 women Watson met through massage sessions. An investigation into those allegations remains active.

All the while, Watson has barely worked with teammates in on-field practices and scrimmages. He primarily stands in a stationary position on the scout team defense during the portions of practice open to media.

Taylor, named the starting quarterback this week, credited Watson for helping him get comfortable in the new offensive system. Taylor said Watson hasn’t been a distraction.

Taylor lost his starting job with the Los Angeles Chargers last season after a mishap with a pain-killing injection from a team doctor punctured his lung. Justin Herbert, a rookie first-round pick in 2020, excelled and was never displaced.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) reacts after a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans name Tyrod Taylor starting QB

The Houston Texans on Monday made it official: Tyrod Taylor is their starting quarterback.

The announcement by head coach David Culley was expected and confirms that star Deshaun Watson, embroiled in legal problems, will sit on the roster but not play.

The Texans open at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Culley also said Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil practiced all last week, expressing hope that his conditioning will be on par to play this week. Tunsil was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list in mid-August.

Taylor, 32, has started 47 games in his career and made the Pro Bowl with the Buffalo Bills in 2015. He has completed 61.4 percent of his passes and thrown for 9,770 yards, with 54 touchdowns against 20 interceptions for his career. He’s 24-21-1 as a starter for his career.

He spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Watson is listed as third on the depth chart behind Taylor and rookie Davis Mills.

Watson signed a four-year, $160 million contract last year but requested a trade over the offseason after watching the franchise part with several star players. He also reportedly was upset at not being consulted during the team’s search for a new head coach following the departure of Bill O’Brien.

Watson also stands accused of sexual assault by 22 women who have filed lawsuits, and he is reportedly the target of a grand jury investigation.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Amid Deshaun Watson rumors, Dolphins target ‘high character’

The Miami Dolphins on Monday did little to douse the rumors of talks about acquiring estranged Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, saying only they target players with “high character.”

Watson stands accused of sexual assault by 22 women who have filed lawsuits against the megastar, and he is reportedly the target of a grand jury investigation.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was asked specifically about Watson on Monday amid swirling speculation that his team is in play.

“There are a lot of things we weigh when we’re making decisions — fit on the team, overall talent, salary cap,” Flores said. “When we’re talking about a player or players, we’re always trying to do what is best for the Miami Dolphins. There are a lot of variables. We want a group that is tough, smart, competitive, loves to play and is team-first. Those are the types of guys we’re looking for.

“We have a high standard for the people we have in the organization. We want people with high character throughout the building.”

The Texans have remained steadfast that they have no intention of trading Watson, who publicly asked for one before the accusations surfaced.

However, the Texans risk paying Watson $10.54 million this season to not play. They’re reportedly asking for three first-round picks and two second-round picks for Watson, their three-time Pro Bowl selection.

Field Level Media NFL columnist Aaron Wilson reported Monday that the Texans plan to make Watson a game-day inactive this season if he’s not traded.

Watson threw for 4,823 yards last season, with 33 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson (4) during AFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

FBI interviewed Deshaun Watson, but lawyers disagree about why

The attorney for Deshaun Watson revealed the embattled Houston Texans quarterback talked to FBI agents who were seeking information about a potential extortion plot against him.

In a news conference Wednesday, noted Houston attorney Rusty Hardin said the FBI was investigating whether one of the 22 women who filed civil lawsuits against Watson attempted to extort money. The women have accused Watson of sexual misconduct during massage sessions.

Hardin’s assertion came after Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the women, said in a recent interview that the FBI was looking into Watson because of the interstate nature of the case, with some of the women located outside of Texas.

“Let’s be clear, when somebody comes into your office on the 73rd floor of the Chase Tower, whether they’re the FDA or the FBI, it’s a big deal,” Buzbee told the website LeagueofJustice.com in an interview posted Tuesday. “Well, it was the FBI. … They contacted me and I’ve met with them three times now and now they’ve met with several of the plaintiffs in the case.”

Hardin said he sees the FBI’s involvement differently.

“I remain convinced that Deshaun Watson did nothing illegal or improper and I’m confident all investigations will show that,” Hardin said during the news conference.

“They came to us and told us they were investigating a matter as to whether one of Mr. Buzbee’s clients had committed extortion in the way they were demanding money from Deshaun or what they would do if he didn’t pay them,” Hardin said. “We talked to them. We were not the ones who contacted them. They contacted us. We even let them interview Deshaun. If you can find a lawyer who would let the FBI talk to his client if the lawyer thought his client had done anything wrong or had any exposure, then I’ll be very, very surprised. We kept that confidential.”

Watson met with the FBI in April, Hardin said.

The NFL is investigating Watson to determine whether he’s done anything to violate the league’s personal-conduct policy, and a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, reportedly will be empaneled to determine whether Watson should face any criminal charges.

Watson, who turns 26 next month, is in training camp with the Texans but isn’t being counted on to be their Week 1 quarterback, apparently. The Texans’ three-time Pro Bowl selection isn’t practicing with the team but isn’t injured, head coach David Culley said this week.

Despite signing a four-year, $156 million contract extension with the Texans that’s set to take effect before the 2022 season, Watson has requested a trade.

The Texans will host the Jacksonville Jaguars, an AFC South rival, to open the season Sept. 12. Veteran Tyrod Taylor has been taking the snaps with the first team in training camp.

–Field Level Media