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Deshaun Watson officially requests trade from Texans

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Deshaun Watson officially requests trade from Texans
Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson could play for a different team next season after the veteran requested a trade from the Houston Texans. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson has officially requested a trade from the Houston Texans after months of speculation suggested he wanted to leave the AFC South franchise.

Sources told NFL Network, the Houston Chronicle and ESPN on Thursday that Watson informed the team that he wanted to be traded.

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Reports of Watson's trade request emerged less than 24 hours after news broke that the Texans plan to hire David Culley as their next coach. However, sources said that Watson made the request before Culley's hire.

Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract, which means he can decide where he plays next based on offers the Texans receive.

The 25-year-old quarterback completed a career-high 70.2% of his throws for 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions and an NFL-high 4,823 yards in 16 starts this season. He has made the Pro Bowl for each of the last three seasons.

The No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft signed a four-year, $160 million contract extension in September. The Texans went 4-12 in 2020 after a 10-6 campaign and AFC South division title in 2019. The Texans won the division in 2018, when they posted an 11-5 record with Watson at quarterback.

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A.J. McCarron was the Texans' backup quarterback this season, but is a free agent this off-season.

The Texans do not have a first- or second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They have the No. 3 pick in rounds three through seven.

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