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NFL trade rumors: Houston Texans reportedly willing to listen to offers for quarterback Deshaun Watson

Related: Deshaun Watson has requested a trade, but don’t expect him to land in New England

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Deshaun Watson did report to the Houston Texans’ training camp on Sunday, but the star quarterback still envisions his future elsewhere. After requesting a trade earlier during the offseason, the club has now started to listen to potential offers.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported the news on Monday morning:

The Texans and Watson have been at odds for quite some time now, despite him signing a massive four-year, $177.5 million contract extension just last September. The starting point was reportedly the hire of long-time New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio as the team’s new general manager earlier this month: Caserio was apparently brought in without the star quarterback’s consent, much to his displeasure.

Hiring David Culley as head coach did little to solve the issues. Watson does have a no-trade clause in his deal, but could obviously waive that right if a desirable destination emerges among the bidders.

The question, as Pelissero states, is whether or not a team will be willing to meet Houston’s demands.

As far as the Patriots are concerned, it would be a surprise if they were in the running despite Watson being one of the best passers in football. After all, they invested a first-round pick in Mac Jones earlier this year with the intention of making him the new face of their franchise. Furthermore, Watson is in the middle of a legal battle due to sexual assault allegations against him.