I found this rather interesting. VERY interesting, actually.
Watson, for months, said that no way, no how will he report to the Texans. But the Texans did not blink. They did not panic and trade him (not that anyone wants him with a dozen sexual allegations hanging over his head). Watson, realizing he has lost, is now reporting to camp.
Houston called his bluff and won.
It’s sorta-kinda similar to the Xavien Howard situation. Watson wanted power. He wanted to decide who the coach is, who the owner speaks to, what free agents the team signs, and setting the price of hot dogs at the stadium (okay, I exaggerate. But it is accurate to say Watson was unhappy with how the owner made decisions, and he demanded a trade because of it. As if players have any say in business decisions).
X Howard doesn’t want power. He wants money. To clarify, he wants MORE money. The $15.5 million he willingly accepted last year is no longer good enough. But…we can assume…the $0.00 he will earn this season if he maintains his tantrum may not be good enough either. Once camp starts, he’ll start feeling the financial pressure to report to work. I think.
I don’t know Howard’s personal finances. He may have bought a house with his signing bonus last year and now has little expenses for the rest if his life. But such prudent financial decisions are few and far between for NFL athletes. So while this is an assumption, it is a fair assumption: He will miss the million-dollar paychecks very badly! Badly enough to end the pouting and report to work? We shall see.