As the Houston Texans prepare to take the field at training camp Wednesday, don't expect to see Deshaun Watson, even though the quarterback reported to the facility on Sunday morning.
Although Watson is on the team's roster, he's facing 22 civil lawsuits with allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior. Watson asked for a trade in January, before the lawsuits were filed, because he wasn't happy with the direction of the team was going. It remains to be seen whether another team will trade for Watson amid the ongoing lawsuits.
Here's a look at the Texans' quarterback situation and where things stand in Houston:
Why did Watson report to training camp?
It's pretty simple: He didn't want to get fined $50,000 for each day he didn't report. The new CBA, which went into effect in 2020, says fines for holdouts can no longer be forgiven.
The Texans chose to cancel their mandatory minicamp in June. Watson would have been fined $95,877 had the Texans held minicamp and he did not show up.
Two sources who were at the facility on Sunday when Watson reported said it was clear the quarterback's stance on being traded had not changed and that he reported so he would not be fined.
The Texans say they are now open to trading Watson. What changed?
General manager Nick Caserio and coach David Culley were clear in January they had no intention of trading Watson. But as the lawsuits were filed in March and April and Watson's legal situation played out, it became increasingly clear the quarterback would eventually be traded.
It remains to be seen if that's this week, before the Nov. 2 trade deadline or after the season once slots for draft picks have been set. Still, don't expect Caserio to trade Watson just to get him off the roster if the return value isn't there. The Texans' price for trading Watson has been a combination of five high draft picks and starting-caliber players, two league executives told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.