HUSTON – Texas President and CEO Cal McNair has admitted he has not heard from Deschawn Watson since hiring Nick Caserio as general manager, but said he hopes to talk to the quarterback’s franchise about the move soon.
“I understood that it was reported that Deschaun felt abandoned by the process, but he and I had several visits and I understood his point of view before I met with candidates,” McNair said on Friday. “I contacted Deschawn for Nick’s rent and I look forward to him contacting me when he returns from vacation.”
On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Shefter announced that Watson was offering an opinion on potential candidates for general manager, but that the Texans had not considered or consulted with their quarterback-approved quarterback.
“Some things never change ….”
Watson met with McNair during the season to discuss the candidates and the future of the franchise, and at a press conference at the end of the season, Watson said he told McNair that he hoped the team would keep attacking coordinator Tim Kelly.
McNair, who held a press conference for the first time since taking office in 2018, spoke, introducing Caserio. When Caserio was asked about rumors that Watson wanted to be traded after learning of his hiring on social media, the general manager said that Watson “is our quarterback.”
“Once we have the opportunity to spend some time together, we will continue our discussion,” Caserio said. “I can’t tell you how much respect and admiration I have for him for who he is as a player and what it means for this franchise.”
If the Texans had to trade with Watson, they would have to pay a $ 22 million salary fee.
The Texans hired Caserio just over four months after the dismissal of Bill O’Brien, a former head coach and general manager of the team. Despite hiring a coach who has spent the previous 20 years in New England, McNair said the Texans are not trying to duplicate the culture of the Patriots.
“In terms of their organization, we don’t consider ourselves patriots of the south,” McNair said. “We’re here to lead this Texas team.”