It’s official: Deshaun WatsonThe time with the Texans is over.
The team released a statement announcing the quarterback trade to the Browns. Texans confirmed compensation: Houston will send Watson and a 2024 fifth-round pick to the Browns for a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 first-round pick, a third-round pick in 2023 and a Fourth Round Pick in 2024.
“Earlier today we agreed to trade Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns,” Texans general manager Nick Caserio said. “I felt this was the right decision for our organization as we head into the new league year focused on building our roster for the 2022 season. Our current priority is adding talented players to the foundation we’ve already put in place over the past 15 months and this trade supports that plan. As we navigate through the remainder of the offseason, we remain open-minded to all avenues that allow us to improve our list and add to our program.
Watson played his final game for the Texans in the 2020 regular season finale. He requested a trade early in the 2021 offseason before 22 civil lawsuits accused him of sexual assault and harassment during sessions massage.
The Texans kept him on the active roster in 2021 and paid his $10.54 million salary without playing him.
Finally, today, the Texans received the closing of the Watson era.
“I’m extremely proud of how Nick Caserio has guided us through this tough situation,” Texans president and CEO Cal McNair said. “He remained patient before finally making the decision that is best for us in the short and long term. We are confident in our plan to build a championship program that can sustain success and our entire organization is excited to move forward together.