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HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 04: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Deshaun Watson insists he wants out of Houston. The Texans insist they’re not trading. So, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the whole situation is becoming a “standoff.”

Per Schefter, Watson has asked for a trade and still wants one. Meanwhile, the Texans are not expected to change their minds about trading Watson, no matter how many calls they get on their franchise quarterback. (Ahem, we heard that before in Foxboro…)

It sounds like the disconnect is still growing between Watson and the top of Texans management, led by Jack Easterby and new GM Nick Caserio. According to Schefter, the Texans are “weeding out employees who were not hired by” Easterby or Caserio, and replacing them with “employees who will be indebted to them for their work.”

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We won’t know how serious Watson is until the start of offseason workouts. If he doesn’t show up, that could start to change the tenor in Houston. And that would be especially true if Watson started giving up paychecks, because those are for just an ungodly amount of money.

Unfortunately for the Texans, if they do end up trading Watson, it may have to be well after the offseason is complete and the regular season is nearing. So it’s going to be tough for the Texans to put their roster together with the most important position in flux.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. 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 matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.