Report: Several teams remain interested in a Deshaun Watson trade

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With seven lawsuits filed, five more promised, and at least 10 more possibly coming, common sense suggests that it has become difficult if not impossible for the Texans to trade quarterback Deshaun Watson. A Saturday report from Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle suggests otherwise.

Wilson cites unnamed sources to support the claim that multiple teams remain interested in Watson: Eagles, Panthers, Jets, Dolphins, 49ers and Broncos.

Being interested and actually making a trade are two different things. With the current legal cloud(s) over Watson, anyone who trades for him would assume the risk that Watson will be suspended without pay, eventually. The new team also would possibly have to pay Watson, if he’s placed on the Commissioner-Exempt list while the various lawsuits proceed — or while a prosecution happens.

For now, it’s hard to imagine anyone trading for Watson. That could change in time. His lawyer, Rusty Hardin, has said that a response to the allegations is coming this week. With so many persons making claims against Watson, it won’t be easy for Hardin to make this all go away.

All parties in this matter have rights, and those rights can’t quickly be resolved. Separately, the NFL’s in-house justice system moves as fast or as slow as the league wants it to.

81 responses to “Report: Several teams remain interested in a Deshaun Watson trade

  1. Why would teams be interested in a quarterback that went 4-12? As the saying goes, “You are what your record says you are.”

  2. Give credit where credit’s due. The Texans knew a trade wasn’t in the works for Watson.

  3. Dear God, Howie is still interested? Has he lost his mind? Guilty or not, the fact that this weirdo seeks out “massage therapists” on Instagram would be enough to derail my interest as a GM.

  4. The Eagles always get lumped into every hot trade discussion, even when it doesn’t make much sense. They are an old team and have said consistently that they need to get younger. Why would they give up multiple high draft picks for Deshaun Watson? They are old now because they did that for Carson Wentz. And Jalen Hurts is a lot like Deshaun Watson, just younger and still developing. The only angle I could think of is that Jalen is from Houston and the Texans actually might want him as a successor to Deshaun, to excite the fan base with a hometown kid.

  5. Lol, Watson’s agent and new lawyer found a willing reporter to spread this. No team is going to do anything for a Watson trade until his potential criminal behavior is settled in court and by the NFL.

  6. Not on that list Andy Malton Dalton’s Bears. Who apparently would still be interested in Russell Wilson who’s reportedly not available.

  7. Foil hat time – anyone else think maybe this whole thing is a plot by Easterby, dead set on not trading Watson, to kill the possibility of a trade and force him to stay or not get paid?

  8. Come on – in this environment – this guy isn’t playing in 2021

    teams are interested sure – in dramatically discounted compensation.

    nobody is going to make him the face of the franchise in 2021 with 10-20 sexual harassment suits hanging over his head

    the locals will go crazy

  9. I think Massagegate makes it more likely Watson stays with the Texans providing the Texans still want him and support him. He should now be humbled and grateful and realize he is in no position to make demands of anyone.

  10. I have a hunch the Texans organization may have a part in this. They know him better then most,they may be trying to make life difficult for him

  11. Also does anyone feel like the case against Watson actually gets less credible with this massive new wave of supposed accusations? One accuser feels like 50/50, maybe he did it, maybe he didn’t. 2-5 accusers feels like, dang, he probably did it. 15 new accusers suddenly materializing overnight? That seems utterly implausible. How does he even find that many masseuses in that amount of time while playing football during COVID?

  12. You ever wonder if reporters are ever in cahoots with players? It seems that way down there sometimes. Whenever you hear the old un-named source or anonymous sources you have to wonder.

  13. Clear that every NFL team knows the McNair/Easterby team is on a smear campaign. Easterby is a disgusting huckster. An idiot who thinks he’s smart. The biggest problem with this country.

  14. Count the 49ers out, because they have confidence in Jimmmy G, and because their owner wants to “win with class.”

  15. Disgusting. I guess if Kraft can, then they cannot hold players to any kind of standards.

  16. If this is a plot by the Texans, they didn’t think it through.
    It has decreased his trade value.
    What it may accomplish is keeping him on the Texans in 2021.
    Lets say they accomplish that, but don’t get as much in trade?
    Then it hurts them since they aren’t competitive this year anyway.

    If it turns out the Texans are behind trying to smear Watson he has a perfect counter move – play, and start throwing interceptions. Or rather than extending plays, just throw the ball away.
    He can “play” but not play.

  17. bigbluedeadhead says:
    March 21, 2021 at 6:50 pm
    Disgusting. I guess if Kraft can, then they cannot hold players to any kind of standards.

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    When did Kraft ever molest or force himself on any woman?

    And who is ‘they’?

  18. In a venal way, it makes sense. If the charges don’t stick, now is the time to pounce (and hopefully, buy low).

    But still sad to see more proof of how teams will sell themselves out for the illusion of hitting a home run.

  19. roughingthepasser says:
    March 21, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    If it turns out the Texans are behind trying to smear Watson he has a perfect counter move – play, and start throwing interceptions. Or rather than extending plays, just throw the ball away.
    He can “play” but not play.

    ===============

    If Watson did this in even one game it would end his career immediately. I don’t think any QB would be dumb enough to try this.

  20. NY seems a natural landing spot! These charges don’t seem to bother the residents!

  21. According to my sources several teams are still interested in signing Brett Favre… We’ll see who’s right in the coming months

  22. Noquarter89. You would think so, however history has shown us recently that a president can be elected with the same principle.

  23. Anyone who thinks the Texans are involved in/behind this live out where the buses don’t run.. Just go put your head down and think it through….

  24. Really can not believe just about everyone has convicted him, NO charges against him, he is not guilty of anything, every last one of you are on a witch hunt, its like your all in high school, Innocent until proven guilty

  25. If the Browns were smart, they would give the Texans Mayfield for Watson straight up. Ill bet ny next paycheck, these allegations are phony

  26. the conspiracy theorist in me thinks that if the texans have anything to do with this, since it seems watson has basically said screw you to the texans, that they are trying to void his contract and make him untouchable to any other team. basically ending his career and not being on the hook for his salary.

  27. Sure. Some team will go after him but it won’t be for that 3 1st round picks plus they were talking before all this got stirred up. They can’t be that stupid can they?

  28. “Being interested and actually making a trade are two different things.”

    “For now, it’s hard to imagine anyone trading for Watson. That could change in time.”

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    The only 3 sentences that matter. And is apparently lost on 80% of the commenters on here…

  29. Either Buzbee really has evidence that Watson is a serial abuser (we don’t know) or Buzbee is he another Avenatti, or is he really just providing a smokescreen for Watson and creating confusion to force a Houston short sale. Watson has a lot of money he could be creating this narrative just to have it fizzle out when Watson is on another team (a trade which doesn’t sink his new team). I wouldn’t be a buyer unless I controlled the narrative.

  30. Anyone considered that maybe Watson’s the one fabricating this stuff – to get the Texans to trade him for far less, or just cut him?

  31. He’s going to the NY Jets. Governor Cuomo said he never stopped believing in Deshaun Watson.

  32. If the Broncos get him…. this would be the second QB they’ve acquired after a masseuse lawsuit!!

  33. Just look at the teams interested. None of them are a Watson away from anything. The teams he has under accomplished with in Houston are better. Stats down by 20 don’t make a winner.

  34. I can’t see any team taking on Watson and this mess as it stands today. I also don’t understand why people keep comparing him to Robert Kraft. The allegations in this case suggest a sexual predator,which Kraft is not.

  35. Anyone else considered that anybody who travels across the country to give powerful men massages in their hotel rooms may not be above looking for a Christmas bonus post-Covid? Think about how much the pandemic has affected their industry as well? Here’s a good exercise… use your brain and try to think who has the most to gain here… i

  36. Hahaha, wow. I am guessing only the sad, desperate teams like the Vikings, Bears, Jets, Minnesota.

  37. I find this astonishing given the seriousness of the charges which are hanging over his head.

  38. He was soliciting Instagram massage therapists. If they all tell the same story, it’s a slam dunk for the plaintiffs. Then comes the criminal case.

  39. Report: Several teams sniffing a Deshaun Watson trade. It’s a thing these daze.

  40. The report has all the desirable characteristics of what come out of the back end of grass feed beef.

    I can “report” that several Playmates are interested in dating me and the same crowd with an under 80 IQ would buy into it.

  41. Still, all these women, yet no calls to the police. And if Watson’s texts contained language about doing more than just a massage, and the girls said yes, this seems funny. If the girls said no to his advances, and he came over anyway, the police would have been called. If there was some type of prostitution involved, with both parties consenting, then they both broke the law. But if Watson said what he wanted in a text, and the women still invited him over, then it doesn’t sound like he was trying to do something uninvited. It sounds like, after the fact, someone got ahold of these women and told them they could make some easy money if they cooperated. But who would have known to call these women? Someone from the Texans organization? I’m thinking future free agents would want to know this.

  42. I’m no lawyer, but I know enough to be suspicious of this Tony Buzbee guy and his tactics. That and I honestly have a hard time believing that Watson would do this at all, let alone multiple times, and with the same person more than once! That and no previous allegations at all. Doesn’t add up to me, but I will also admit, crazier things have happened!

  43. Not saying whether he’s innocent or not, but if he is . . . either way, this has really gotta suck (no pun intended) for him.

  44. Set-up for the good ol’ Patriots. PR “masterminds”, critical asset at drastically reduced price, Buzbee and Kraft can work out some subversion agreement behind the scenes.

  45. firerogergoodellnow says:
    March 21, 2021 at 6:08 pm
    Why would teams be interested in a quarterback that went 4-12? As the saying goes, “You are what your record says you are.”
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    He only led the NFL in passing yards and passing yards per attempt and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Do I need to mention that he did this even though the Texans number 1 receiver was traded away before the season? I’m sure in 2014 when the Rams went 6-10 you said that Aaron Donald sucked, even though he was the Defensive Rookie of the Year. You are what your record says you are, right?

  46. flajoe12 says:
    March 21, 2021 at 7:13 pm
    NY seems a natural landing spot! These charges don’t seem to bother the residents!
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    You obviously don’t live in, or have been to NY… Do some research next time…

  47. bigbluedeadhead says:
    March 21, 2021 at 6:50 pm
    Disgusting. I guess if Kraft can, then they cannot hold players to any kind of standards.
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    Another person that did ZERO research before commenting. Why would you compare the two situations? Not even close…

  48. I wouldn’t say likely, but the Texans theory isn’t totally crazy. Although would guess if any team were involved, a little more likely the Patriots. To make a hypothetical connection, beyond this being more than an ambiguous exercise in morality, with likely some real elements and a lot more profiteering/’retroactive victimhood’; seems like the Texans would be able to void his entire contract and the whole dead money charge if at all substantiated, in addition, they’d insure themselves a high likelihood of getting the first or second overall pick; which is probably a fair amount more in draft points than they could have gotten from a trade, not mentioning other possible personal factors.

  49. firerogergoodellnow says:
    March 21, 2021 at 6:08 pm
    Why would teams be interested in a quarterback that went 4-12? As the saying goes, “You are what your record says you are.”

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    Last I checked, the Texans AS A TEAM went 4-12……

  50. I mean look if all this news depressed his value to the point you could get him for peanuts, of course you do it. Even if you get killed in the media and he sits a year. You’re going to look like a genius when he comes back, tears it up, and you can remind everyone you got him for a bag of footballs.

  51. irerogergoodellnow says:
    March 21, 2021 at 6:08 pm
    Why would teams be interested in a quarterback that went 4-12? As the saying goes, “You are what your record says you are.”

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    Well if they believe as i do they feel deep down that hurts isnt the one. i mean teams were already starting to figure him out before the season ended. ill admit theyve forgotten more about building a team in reality then ill ever know but i was hoping….before the wentz trade….theyd give up the 6th ,a future protected first ,a 2nd , maybe a couple of 3rds…and their pick of either hurts or wentz. ive never been a huge watson fan…i live in houston btw…but hes better than ANYTHING philly has at qb. Plus with a new coaching staff and HC…not named obrien…he may take off and do really well.

  52. Watson has a lot of trouble coming over the horizon…any team that goes after him has to deal with all this baggage…Watson is in BIG trouble no doubt about it…I would look to the draft for a QB…

  53. I wouldn’t be surprised if more teams were interested now than before. You have to figure Watson’s price has gone way down. Perhaps he can now be had for one first round pick instead of three. That qualifies 29 teams.

  54. Houston will have to give Watson and a couple of draft picks (like Osweiler) to get one of these teams to take him.

  55. I think Watson is just a little too hot to touch at the moment. Don’t expect any deal until next year.

  56. The fact that any teams are still interested means to me that they’ve done some digging and don’t see any merit to the allegations.

    The whole things seems really fishy because of Buzzbe’s tactics – all social media and pressers – but remember also that he LIED about being contacted by the Houston PD. And the fact that we have this going from zero to 100 in no time just feels too orchestrated, like he had all of these women lined up months ago.

    There’s very little about this that feels right. I feel that the main goal has been to destroy Watson’s character in the public, and, mission accomplished. Even if he’s found innocent – and my guess is that this will all be settled out of court with no criminal charges – this will hang over him for the rest of his life.

  57. Who is credible, what is the evidence beyond erotic texts? There are a lot of motivated money-seekers, but not much else is known. Perhaps Watson crossed a physical line, or perhaps not. We know very little. Don’t reach any conclusions until we know much more, perhaps not until a trial is concluded.

  58. The NFL should make a decision on how they plan to punish Watson BEFORE he is traded. Any team that works a deal for him should only do so knowing what punishment is coming down on him.

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