The ongoing problems for Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans are about much more than football, of course. But the problems - accusations via almost two dozen lawsuits centering on sexual assault - are tied to football in the sense that the QB's trade value has "cratered.''
That's the word used on a SportsCenter report from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler ... and we cannot argue with it. Indeed, it echoes the phrase we've used in this space: "Selling low.''
Otherwise, if not for that reality, frankly, Watson would've already been dealt.
The civil lawsuits have piled up starting on March 16. The Houston Police Department on April 2 announced its opening up of an investigation into Watson after a complaint was filed against him. And the NFL itself is also conducting its own investigation.
Watson requested a trade from Houston at the start of this offseason, the 25-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback having felt betrayed by franchise leadership. New GM Nick Caserio did not bow to that request for a time, but sources tell TexansDaily.com that in mid-March, Houston was indeed putting down the groundwork for a pre-NFL Draft deal that would have brought to the Texans the desired "treasure chest'' of picks - maybe including three first-rounders.
The lawsuits put those plans on hold. And now that is where they sit - even though we know the Philadelphia Eagles and other teams remain interested in a trade - in large part because the Texans, by dealing him now, would be "selling low'' in a football-disastrous way.
A "football disaster,'' of course, is not the same thing as the off-the-field allegations and possible results. But the two "disasters'' are tied ... and for now, if they want any value from Deshaun Watson, also tied are the Houston Texans' hands.
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