Deshaun Watson told fans Monday he doesn't want anyone to risk the spread of COVID-19 with a march on his behalf:
Deshaun Watson @deshaunwatson
I’m hearing there is a march planned on my behalf in Houston today. Although I am humbled I ask that whoever is organizing the march cancel for the sake of public safety. Covid is spreading at a high rate & I don’t want any fans to unnecessarily expose themselves to infection.
Many fans ignored the quarterback's advice, lining up outside Texans facilities:
Watson is upset with the organization about a number of issues, particularly the process of hiring general manager Nick Caserio, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who said the quarterback may have played his last game with Houston.
ESPN's Sarah Barshop reported the team has had internal conversations about potential trades involving Watson.
Losing the 25-year-old would be a tough blow. The franchise quarterback was a rare bright spot during a brutal 2020 campaign.
After reaching the divisional round of the playoffs a year earlier, the Texans finished the season just 4-12 with one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Watson still thrived, earning his third Pro Bowl selection while leading the league with 4,823 passing yards.
Fans clearly don't want to see him go. Regardless, the quarterback wants everyone to remain safe during the pandemic.