Houston mayor has a message for Deshaun Watson amid trade rumors

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans. (Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans. (Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) /

Houston mayor Sylvester Turner pleading his case for Deshaun Watson to stay in his town.

It feels like Deshaun Watson‘s days as the Houston Texans quarterback are coming to an end, but do not tell that to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner.

On Sunday afternoon, Turner sent out a heartfelt message on behalf of the city he governs. Turner let it be known how much Houstonians love their franchise quarterback. It is not a good sports time in Houston, as the Rockets had to trade away their best player James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets and the Astros are still the most reviled team in baseball. Turner went all-out for Watson.

“Houston loves [Deshaun Watson] and the Houston Texans. Houston is a great city that is hungry to back our players and team. As mayor of a city that is second to none, I pray we move forward together. – S.T.”

Is there any hope for Deshaun Watson to remain with the Houston Texans?

The best and only hope for Watson to stick with the Texans is if the franchise hires a head coach he is interested in playing for. Houston was the first team to fire its head coach this season, parting ways with Bill O’Brien after an 0-4 start. Since O’Brien’s termination, six other teams have fired and hired new head coaches. Houston has no choice but to get this hire of theirs right.

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If the Texans were to hire Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, that might be enough to get Watson to lay to rest all these trade rumors. However, if they hire former NFL head coach Jim Caldwell and pair him with journeyman quarterback Josh McCown, there is nothing the McNairs or Turner will be able to do to keep Watson in Houston. It is really Bieniemy or bust.

Watson’s issues are not with the City of Houston, but rather the state of the Texans organization.