Deshaun Watson may not be out of Houston yet, but he does have his former teammate's support from afar.
Watson has had his trade request ignored for over a month by new Texans' GM Nick Caserio and newly signed Arizona Cardinals DE J.J. Watt wants what's best for his close friend and former quarterback.
In a zoom call with team reporters held Tuesday, the former Texans' star defensive end voiced his unending support for Watson amidst the ongoing trade drama in Houston.
"I love Deshaun. I love Deshaun," Watt said. "We speak often. He's an incredible player, but he's also an incredible person. He's a special human being, and he's obviously unbelievably talented as an athlete, but he is also just a great person. And I tell him, the one thing I want for Deshaun Watson is for him to be happy. He deserves it, and I want him to be happy. So whatever that looks like for him, that's what I want for him."
Watt is just one of many former teammates and mentors to speak on just how high Watson's character and professionalism as a player is.
Just two days ago, Watt announced his signing with the Cardinals, playing four seasons alongside Watson and ending a 10 year run in Houston that saw Watt win three defensive players of the year awards and 6 first-place AFC South finishes.
The two helped carry Houston to some of its best-sustained success in franchise history, winning two AFC South titles in back-to-back years and earning a divisional round berth against the Chiefs in 2019.
For the moment, Deshaun Watson remains in Houston but is liable to be traded any day now as NFL teams patiently await a change in the star quarterback's trade availability.
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