The NFL offseason has been rife with drama.
From execs forcing players and coaches to get vaccinated to blockbuster scandals, there’s been a lot of headlines in the NFL this summer.
And now one team announced this bona fide NFL Superstar will likely start next season on the bench.
The downfall of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been abrupt and fast.
Watson was one of the top quarterbacks in the league, leading the NFL in passing yards in 2020.
But over the course of this offseason, his great NFL career has been completely derailed.
Back in March, a massage therapist filed a civil suit against Watson claiming that the Texans quarterback inappropriately touched her while propositioning her for sex during an appointment at her home.
By April 5, 2021, 22 separate sexual assault lawsuits have been filed alleging Watson of sexual misconduct, and now his career has completely derailed.
Even before the dozens of sexual assault allegations against Watson came out, he asked the Texans for a trade, but the Texans refused.
Now with serious criminal allegations looming over their star quarterback, no other team wants to touch him and it would be politically disastrous to start him while the allegations are still being investigated.
With that being said, the Texans organization will most likely bench Watson before the regular season and start recently signed Tyrod Taylor at QB1.
Texans Offensive Coordinator Tim Kelly recently praised Taylor after practice:
“For a guy who’s played as long as he has, a lot of it just ends up being translation. He understands the plays, just not how we call it and what kind of specifics from this offense from the different offenses he’s played in. So he’s done a good job with that. He’s got a really good control of the huddle. He’s doing a good job leading that offense.”
Kelly concluded by claiming Taylor had “command of the entire offense.”
Although it’s not literally spelled out, it’s safe to say we may have seen the last of DeShaun Watson at Houston.
Not only does he need to answer for the 22 different sexual assault allegations against him, the Texans coaching staff has seemingly moved on.
It’s just a matter of time before it becomes official.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date with any new developments to this ongoing story.