On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler wrote that Texans QB Deshaun Watson had the Bucs “on his radar” as a possible commerce vacation spot. That notion was refuted the subsequent day by Watson’s agent, however by then the practice had left the station. In reviewing any previous relationships between Watson and the Bucs, some fascinating quotes by the star quarterback have surfaced.
In 2019, earlier than an everyday season assembly with the Texans, head coach Bruce Arians revealed his pre-draft emotions for Watson. Again in 2017, the Cardinals have been choosing thirteenth total within the draft. Arizona had its’ sights set on drafting Watson, however the Texans jumped manner up the board through commerce to pick out the Clemson quarterback twelfth total. As a substitute, the Cardinals settled for Temple edge rusher Haason Reddick.
“He would have been drafted within the subsequent choose,” Arians stated of Watson, laughing.
Watson went on to star in Houston, whereas Arians’ Cardinals faltered and not using a nice quarterback. However the Texans’ sign caller responded to Arians pre-game feedback again in 2019, effusive in his reward for the Bucs head coach.
“I like Bruce,” Watson stated. “That’s my man. I’ve identified Bruce. He used to come back round, particularly [with] Dabo (Swinney) [in Clemson]. After we had a few video games in Arizona when he was nonetheless the coach there. He’s at all times been a fan of mine. And I’ve at all times been a fan of his, and we communicated. That’s fairly dope from a legendary coach like him. It offers me a whole lot of confidence and a whole lot of momentum and motivation to maintain striving to be nice.”
Now, Arians and Watson might have an opportunity to work collectively within the close to future. These quotes from Watson are essential, as he has a no-trade clause in his contract. Every time the Texans resolve to commerce him, the Professional Bowler might want to approve the vacation spot.
However it’s going to take some critical adjustments on Watson’s entrance. Proper now, the quarterback nonetheless has a large authorized scenario hanging over him. That scenario additionally brings the Bucs’ moral requirements into query as nicely. Along with these considerations, the Texans reportedly desire a king’s ransom for Watson, together with greater than three first spherical picks. Time will inform if the Bucs are in a position or keen to satisfy regardless of the eventual asking value is for Watson.