It’s time for Deshaun Watson to get out of Houston and find an organization that is committed to winning and building around him.
The Houston Texans left NFL fans and analysts alike speechless Monday afternoon when a trade was announced for Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson.
It’s not necessarily the fact that the Texans traded to get a solid running back in Johnson, it was the fact that they let the top wide receiver in the league- former Clemson WR- DeAndre Hopkins go without even trying to retain him.
Hopkins, who has proven to be the best wide receiver in the league over the course of the last few seasons, was likely seeking a new deal due to his high productivity. Instead of the Texans stepping up to the negotiation table, they elected to trade him away to the first suitor that came along.
If the Texans aren’t going to pay Hopkins- who has been a mainstay with the organization since they drafted him in 2013- what makes anyone think the Texans will remain loyal to Deshaun Watson when it comes time for him to earn a massive contract?
Time and time again the Texans have made questionable decisions- just like letting Hopkins go. In an organization that has let players walk, has suffered with several injuries on the defensive side of the ball and has consistently had one of the worst offensive lines in the league, ‘Nuk’ Hopkins was the one constant for Deshaun Watson.
And now he’s gone.
Watson, who has shown to be one of the promising up-and-coming QBs in the league, is set for his rookie contract to run out in just a couple of seasons.
Though Watson is too much of a team player to make the decision to demand a trade, the best bet for his career is to get out of Houston as soon as possible and find an organization that is truly sold out to building around him and actually winning, instead of just continuing to settle for average year-in and year-out.
Instead, the Texans are content to let go of their most valuable assets and leave Watson to figure it out on his own while running around for his life behind that atrocious offensive line.