Stop the drama: Deshaun Watson was just kidding.
The Clemson quarterback said Friday he was joking last week when he said during the Davey O’Brien award that he wanted to play for the Cowboys.
“Someone filmed it and put it on social media and made it bigger than what it was,” Watson said. “It wasn’t no diss to any team or any franchise.”
The Star-Telegram posted the video of Watson telling Jason Garrett that the Cowboys had to draft him because of a promise a year ago when Watson won the award for the first time.
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“I told coach Garrett if I’m back here, you have to draft me,” Watson said, while looking directly at Garrett and drawing big laughter and applause from the audience. “I know there are a lot of Dallas Cowboys fans. Tony Romo is healthy. Dak [Prescott], I’m a huge fan. Love that man. Had the privilege to get to know him this year. He’s been successful.
“I did my part; you have to do your part.”
Watson insists he is happy to play for the Cleveland Browns or whatever team drafts him in April. He was merely looking for laughs when he expressed his desire to end up in Dallas.
“They wanted me to joke around and have the crowd excited and get laughs,” Watson said. “The base behind the story was, at the time, the Cowboys was looking for a quarterback, and Tony Romo was hurt, and I told them, ‘Hey, if I was able to come back [for] the Davey O’Brien Award next year, I promise you that I’ll be back and if I do, then you have to draft me,’ and that was the joke. We laughed, had a good time, so what the Davey O’Brien people wanted me to do was bring that back up and say, ‘Hey, I kept my promise, and now you’ve got to keep yours and draft me.’ It was just an insider joke.”
CBS Sportsline rates Watson as the third-best quarterback in the draft, projecting him as a first- or second-round pick.