Texans fined $175,000 and lose draft pick for salary cap infraction involving former QB Deshaun Watson
Even though Deshaun Watson is no longer with their organization, the Houston Texans are still being punished for a salary cap infraction involving their former quarterback.
The NFL has fined the team $175,000 and will take away their 2023 fifth-round pick after they fail to report a payment to Watson.
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The Texans were paying Watson $26,777 during the 2020 offseason to use a local facility while theirs was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The team thinks they were given no salary cap advantage, but the league says “pursuant to the salary cap requirements in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs must report any player compensation or benefits.”
Houston said they “understand” the money “should have been charged instead to the player salaries,” but still disagree with the discipline.
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Watson made his third-consecutive Pro Bowl in 2020, leading the NFL with 4,823 passing yards. However, Houston went 4–12 that season. He then missed the 2021 season after requesting a trade from the organization combined with sexual harassment allegations.
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He was then traded to the cleveland browns, but still served an 11-game suspension. In his six games played, he looked like a shell of himself, completing a career-low 58.2% of his passes.