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The Houston Texans were looking for a package of six players and NFL drafts from teams interested in trading for star quarterback Deshaun Watson this summer, league sources told ESPN.
Whether the package consisted of one player and five draft picks or two players and four picks, the Texans were unwilling to jump from their trade price for Watson, who is still on their list, even though he will not be active for Sunday’s season opener against Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Texans have no plans to play Watson this season at all, but sources around the league believe Houston general manager Nick Caserio will not trade the triple Pro Bowler for anything less than the six combined players and pick.
Sources told ESPN that no team is willing to meet Caserio’s price demands without attaching conditions to the election due to ongoing investigations by the FBI, Houston Police Department and the NFL in Watson, which face 22 active civil lawsuits alleging sexual harassment. abuse and inappropriate behavior.
Watson and his lawyers have denied the allegations and no charges have been filed. Watson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin said last month that Watson also spoke to the FBI about charges of extortion involving one of the 23 lawsuits originally filed against him. Last month, Watson had not spoken directly to the NFL, according to Hardin.
Watson requested a deal in January because he was unhappy with the direction of the franchise and the process used to hire Caserio.
Sources previously told ESPN that the Texans are ready to keep Watson on their 53-man list for the entire season, even if they have to pay his $ 10.5 million salary.
Tyrod Taylor starts Sunday against Jacksonville, while rookie Davis Mills acts as Houston’s backup.