Texans' Deshaun Watson Tweets 'Loyalty Is Everything' Amid Trade Rumors

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2021

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson warms up before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson posted another cryptic message on social media Thursday following his trade request last month.

Deshaun Watson @deshaunwatson

Loyalty is everything. Don't you EVER forget it.

Watson previously caused a stir in mid-January with a similarly vague Twitter post:

Deshaun Watson @deshaunwatson

I was on 2 then I took it to 10

Although the three-time Pro Bowl selection has made his desire to find a new team known, the Texans don't appear in any hurry to seriously consider offers.

"And, you know, we have zero interest in trading the player," general manager Nick Caserio told reporters in late January. "We have a great plan, a great vision for him and for this team and his role on our team. We look forward to the opportunity to spend more time with him here this spring."

Watson, who ranked second in the NFL in passer rating (112.4) during the 2020 season, is under contract with Houston through 2025 as part of his four-year, $156 million deal.

His only recourse to put additional pressure on the Texans' front office would be sitting out regular-season games next fall, and the NFL Network's Michael Giardi reported that's a distinct possibility:

Michael Giardi @MikeGiardi

This is generally accepted (I think) around the league, but I talked to someone who considers himself “good” friends with Deshaun Watson. He’s an active player. He believes - strongly - that Watson isn’t showing up for the #Texans. Will sit until he is traded. #QBCarousel

For now, the staredown continues, and Watson's every move will be analyzed until a resolution is found.