AS THE TEXANS TURN

Credit to Deshaun Watson for taking the high road once again

Houston Texans owner Cal McNair and general manager Nick Caserio will meet with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy Monday via Zoom to discuss the Texans head coaching vacancy. This may be the Texans last, best prayer of keeping star quarterback Deshaun Watson.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, many in the NFL believe that Watson already has taken his last snap in a Texans uniform.

Watson reportedly is angered because he believes the Texans promised he would be involved in the hiring search for the team's new general manager, a job which ultimately went to Caserio without input from Watson and contrary to the advice of a professional search company. McNair's decision to hire Caserio reportedly was steered by controversial team executive Jack Easterby, who has gained enormous power and influence in the Texans organization.

Involving a player in the hire of a general manager is rare in the NFL. League experts are hard-pressed to recall a similar situation. Still, Watson believes he was disrespected and tension between Watson and management was inflamed when legendary Texans player Andre Johnson tweeted that Easterby is to blame for Watson-McNair estrangement, and practically every other problem within the organization.

One step in resolving the situation with Watson would be to allow the quarterback to participate in the Zoom interview with Bieniemy, who is Watson's preferred choice to be the next Texans head coach. Bieniemy comes with the endorsement of Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs record-breaking quarterback and friend of Watson.

Of course, after Bieniemy was left off the Texans' list of candidates for the job, who knows if Bieniemy even wants the job in Houston now?

Watson and Johnson aren't the only current and former Texans who have expressed unhappiness with the teams' direction.

Offensive tackle Tytus Howard was open about his reaction concerning the way Texans front office has gone about dealing with Watson.

Former Texans star wideout DeAndre Hopkins gave his two cents about the mismanagement of Watson - something Hopkins experienced firsthand.

Now the Texans fan base (translation: Deshaun Watson fan base) planned a march to support the quarterback.

There have even been petitions to have Jack Easterby fired.

Watson, being the true professional and blossoming icon of the NFL asked fans to end the march, citing COVID-19 protocols.

One thing is certain. There is only one person holding up the fanbase of the Houston Texans organization engulfed in a dumpster fire: Deshaun Watson.

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Johnson will return to the Texans. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

Ian Rapoport is reporting that David Johnson will accept a pay cut and play with the Texans in 2021. Johnson is a reminder to many Texans fans of what they got in return for Pro Bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins, along with a couple of draft picks. Many fans would like to see the team go younger at the position, but Houston will bring Johnson back for at least one more season.

Here's what I think this move really signifies

Personally, I think this decision has more to do with saving face and not wanting the DeAndre Hopkins trade to look like an even bigger disaster. Cutting Johnson after one season would have clearly made the trade look even worse. However, his $4.25 million deal isn't a terrible value, but I was hoping Houston would look to find a player with more upside and juice at the position.

But with the Texans' lack of draft capital, the team won't have to prioritize the position early in the draft or in free agency. Also, veteran RBs often have a tough time finding a team with many GMs looking to go with younger options that don't cost as much. Meaning, Johnson is better off taking less money and knowing that he won't have to look for another team at the age of 29.

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