Deshaun Watson is still a member of the Houston Texans. This is despite the fact that Watson's personal quarterback coach, Quincy Avery, went on the Adam Schefter Podcast last week and said that Watson would be traded by Sunday.
I think it's time to point out that all the people discussing Watson's trade demands and the Texans' sudden change of tune about trading the quarterback are either completely delusional or deliberately obtuse. As a colleague pointed out just this morning, we don't even know if this guy will ever play football again. The idea that a team would trade for him before this is all cleared up and gone away is absolutely insane. To trade for Deshaun Watson right now would be like lighting draft picks on fire.
I understand it is a very sensitive situation and people just want to talk about the football thing. Except the football thing doesn't exist seperately. This is Waton's reality. Who knows how long it will even take for this all to play out whichever way it goes. He could be the NFL's biggest monster, the victim of an incredible conspiracy, or anywhere in between. The fact that the Texans have suddenly, publicly decided that they are ready to entertain trade offers in the midst of all this may be the craziest of all.