The Houston Texans unloaded Deshaun Watson onto the Cleveland Browns this past offseason in a blockbuster trade.
For their legally-maligned quarterback, Houston received three first-round picks in 2022, 2023 and 2024; one third-round pick in 2023 and a pair of fourth-round picks in 2022 and 2024. It was quite the haul.
In light of Watson’s most recent massage-related woes, many have begun wondering whether Cleveland would want to get the trade reversed. Particularly when it is increasingly looking like the talented-but-troubled passer will need to be shelved for an extended period of time.
This week, Texans general manager Nick Caserio addressed the prospect of something like that occurring.
“Any trade — forget about this particular one — any trade that takes place, so there’s a process that you have to go through,” Caserio said, per ProFootballTalk. “Teams agree on that and then once you agree on that, it gets submitted to the league. The transaction gets processed and it goes on file with the league.
“Unless there’s somebody that’s gonna go in there, you know, overnight in a mask and try to get on a computer, and may have a cyberattack like that, I’m not sure anything that can be done there.”
In addition to all that, Houston has already used two of the picks they acquired in that trade. They traded the 13th overall selection to the Philadelphia Eagles and moved down to the 15th spot where they nabbed Kenyon Green. Then with the 107th pick they got Dameon Pierce.
It is impossible to undo all that.
Obviously it’s easy to see why some in the Browns’ camp want a mulligan. Between Watson’s leaked disturbing private DMs and extremely unsettling text messages that in great detail describe his bizarre reported sexual inclinations, things have gotten quite ugly as of late.
The photos speak for themselves. https://t.co/BctOszAyWf
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 21, 2022
But there’s no do-overs in situations like this. It is what it is.
The Browns will need to move forward with Watson and hope that their big bet on the deeply troubled quarterback pays off.
Time will tell.