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HOUSTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 27: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans walks off the field after a 37-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

As long as the Deshaun Watson rumors continue to percolate – in fact, they’re intensifying – we’re going to continue to write about it.

Yes, the likelihood of the Patriots getting Watson remains incredibly low. And longtime Texans insider John McClain is among those shooting down the very idea. But the rumors simply refuse to die. And if a Watson trade does indeed happen, the move would have a massive ripple effect on the landscape of the entire NFL, regardless of where he ended up.

So when Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweets that Watson is “extremely unhappy” with the Texans organization, and Chris Mortensen (I know I know) tweets that Watson could “play hardball” for a trade and consider a move to the Miami Dolphins … we’re going to bring that to your attention.

The Deshaun Watson rumors refuse to die - in fact, they're picking up steam. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Deshaun Watson rumors refuse to die – in fact, they’re picking up steam. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Regarding the Rapoport tweet, the problem is more that the Texans promised Watson he would be involved in the coach and GM hiring process in the first place. Quarterback is something of a management position, but not one where he should have any say in front office hires. Just a small example of the Texans’ inherent dysfunction.

As for Mortensen … Patriots fans may never believe a word the guy says ever again. But if there’s even a slight possibility that the Texans could trade Watson to the Dolphins for a huge package including Tua Tagovailoa, Pats fans should listen. Because if that happened, it would only increase pressure on Bill Belichick to find a new franchise quarterback and for the Patriots to get good again, ASAP.

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Until Watson himself comes out and publicly commits to the Texans, this fire will continue to rage. And we are unapologetically fans of rumors and speculation, as improbable as they may be. Should be a fun offseason.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at