Sources: Texans need 6 gamers, picks for Watson

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The Houston Texans sought a bundle of six gamers and NFL draft picks from groups interested by buying and selling for star quarterback Deshaun Watson this summer time, league sources advised ESPN.

Whether or not the bundle consisted of 1 participant and 5 draft picks or two gamers and 4 picks, the Texans had been unwilling to budge from their commerce value for Watson, who stays on their roster although he won’t be energetic for Sunday’s season opener in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Texans don’t plan to play Watson in any respect this season, however sources across the league consider that Houston common supervisor Nick Caserio won’t commerce the three-time Professional Bowler for something lower than the six mixed gamers and picks.

Sources advised ESPN that no group is prepared to satisfy Caserio’s asking value with out attaching situations to the picks due to the ongoing investigations by the FBI, Houston Police Division and NFL into Watson, who faces 22 energetic civil lawsuits with allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate habits.

Watson and his legal professionals have denied the accusations, and no prices have been filed. Watson’s legal professional Rusty Hardin mentioned final month that Watson additionally spoke to the FBI about allegations of extortion concerning one of many 23 lawsuits initially filed in opposition to him. As of final month, Watson had not spoken on to the NFL, in accordance with Hardin.

Watson requested a commerce in January as a result of he was sad with the route of the franchise and the method used to rent Caserio.

Sources beforehand advised ESPN that the Texans are ready to maintain Watson on their 53-man roster for your complete season, although they should pay his $10.5 million wage.

Tyrod Taylor will begin Sunday in opposition to Jacksonville, whereas rookie Davis Mills will function Houston’s backup.