Even Houston's mayor is trying to get Deshaun Watson to stay with the Texans next season

Ryan Young
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Even the Houston mayor is getting in on the push to keep Deshaun Watson with the Texans next season.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner sent out a pair of tweets at Watson on Sunday afternoon. It was another effort from Houstonians to get Watson to stay with the team in 2021.

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“Houston loves Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. Houston is a great city that is hungry to back our players and a team,” Turner wrote. “As mayor of a city that is second to none, I pray we move forward together … I value Deshaun Watson as a player but I respect him even more as a person. I know he loves this city because I have seen how much he has given of himself and his treasure to people in this city.

“I am humbled to be his mayor. I hope that won’t change anytime soon.”

After how the past several weeks have gone, and recent reports about Watson’s firm desire to exit, Turner’s voice may not be enough.

Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans
It seems everyone in Houston, even mayor Sylvester Turner, is trying to get Deshaun Watson to stick around. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Report: Watson still wants out of Houston despite coaching search

Watson wrapped up his fourth season in the league and racked up a career-high 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns. The Texans went 4-12 and Watson was left extremely frustrated shortly after the season ended.

The Texans, who fired former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien, hired Nick Caserio as their new GM after the season. Watson was reportedly told by team owner Cal McNair that he would be consulted in the hiring process for both open positions, but was then not consulted when McNair went with Caserio.

His issue apparently isn’t with Caserio, either, but with McNair and the rest of the front office — which is why he reportedly is ignoring calls from management.

The Texans are still searching for a new head coach. They’ve already interviewed Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, their coaching decision is not expected to change Watson’s decision. He still wants out.

So while Houston fans and even the city’s mayor are trying their best to get Watson to stick around, it sounds like he’s set on playing elsewhere this fall.

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