The Houston Texans were fined on Thursday and lost a fifth-round draft pick as a result of a salary cap violation during the COVID-19 period. The Texans believe it was a miscalculation during the time when Deshaun Watson was training on his own in 2020.
ESPN insider Adam Schefter tweeted on Thursday that the team does not believe it has committed any violations and that it was simply paying for him to train at a local facility while Houston’s facility was closed due to the pandemic.
NFL fans took the opportunity to once again take a shot at Deshaun Watson and his entire history with taking care of his body in other places, to put it mildly.
Why was Deshaun Watson traded from the Houston Texans?
The relationship between the team and the player started to get worse in 2020, when Watson had his best season in the league but the Texans went 4-12 with a weak roster. A very touching video shows J.J. Watt apologizing to Watson:
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. We wasted one of your years. With the season you had, we should have 11 wins.”
The quarterback made it clear that he wanted to be traded after such a poor season. As he started to weigh his options, sexual accusations, which later turned out to be 30, about his conduct in sessions of massage therapy started to emerge, and his reputation was tarnished.
He did not play in the 2021 season, but it was not because of legal problems or a suspension from the league. He literally decided to skip the season because he vowed never to play for Houston again until he was traded; the only time he was suspended was in the middle of the 2022 season.
He got his wish in March 2022, when the Cleveland Browns sent him a fully guaranteed contract and traded a huge package to the Houston Texans to acquire his services. But the quarterback’s first year with the Browns ended on a sad note, as he failed to be a impactful player and the Browns missed the playoffs.