Report: Eight teams showed interest in Deshaun Watson before legal issues arose

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A rash of civil litigation that began last month has made a potential trade of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson impractical, unless and until those 22 lawsuits can soon be resolved. Before the off-field issues emerged for Watson, plenty of teams were interested.

Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, eight teams had shown interest in a trade for Watson. They were the Jets, Dolphins, Panthers, Broncos, 49ers, Patriots, Bears, and Washington.

Things obviously have changed in the last month. The Jets will be taking quarterback Zach Wilson with the second overall pick in the draft, the Panthers have traded for Sam Darnold, the 49ers moved up to take a quarterback at No. 3, the Patriots re-signed Cam Newton, the Bears added Andy Dalton, and Washington signed Ryan Fitzpatrick. That leaves Miami and Denver as the only teams that, for now, haven’t made an offseason quarterback move.

Of course, some of the teams that have added quarterbacks could change their plans, especially since Watson could be facing a potentially significant suspension under the Personal Conduct Policy even if all cases are settled this week.

Over the course of the past five days, things have gotten very quiet in and around the Watson litigation. It’s possible, in theory, that the two sides are trying to work something out, with the realization that attorney Tony Buzbee’s clients may have no more settlement leverage than they have while the window to trade Watson remains open.

43 responses to “Report: Eight teams showed interest in Deshaun Watson before legal issues arose

  1. If the Niners have the smarts to draft Justin Fields, he may be even better than Watson would have been in that offense.

    And that’s a scary thought.

  2. Suspend Watson without pay for a year. Require him to go to sexual addiction classes three days a week for a year.. Allow the club to claw back all signing bonus funds. Watson will be in Houston for the year.

  3. Even if he clears his legal battles Watson will be a PR nightmare for years. If the Texans drop him I do not see anyone rushing to pick him up.

  4. I wouldn’t exactly call Dalton or Newton as off-season QB moves at least if they were to improve the teams that they signed with.

    Watson (unless he actually goes to jail which is highly unlikely) will end up with the Patriots. The owner doesn’t seem to be anywhere near against that type of behavior, and one of BB’s cronies is the the GM of the Texans, so maybe a 4th or 5th rounder for Watson.

  5. Texans look even more incompetent. Should’ve traded him when they had the chance.

  6. What actual crime has Watson been accused of?

    Or his he only guilty of being horny for people who give him back rubs, and those same people also have the absolute right to say “No thank you” to any of his advances that they deem inappropriate?

    Lastly he will play again in the NFL. Antonio Brown paved the way for him and oh by the way picked up a SB ring for his efforts AFTER his own sex abuse settlement.

  7. If there were a trade market for the Texans 4 win QB he would have been unloaded before we all found out he is a deviant.

  8. Here’s the other problem, these guys dont sign contracts unless the wording lets then choose who they want to go to. Owners need to stop this BS and just say sign the thing or else you sit.
    Watson could tell those 8 teams no I’m not coming there because your not close to being super bowl bound.
    Watson see’s Murry and MaHomes getting star treatment and the playoffs and he wants to be on that stage too.

  9. The shield encourages players to seek a helping hand when in need. Watson reaches out to multiple therapists for assistance and now people are critical. Should he had self medicated?

  10. I see the Patriots on that list and can’t help but wonder if BB is behind all of these accusations in an attempt to scoop him up for pennies on the dollar.

  11. weswelker83 says: What actual crime has Watson been accused of?

    Did you read *any* of the SI article? Have you read *any* of the filings? If you have, I feel sorry for you.

  12. Should be playing in the NBA…..Then he could get discounts at James Harden’s strip club empire…..

  13. So all those somewhat nonsensical rumors of the Eagles being in the hunt ended up being nonsense after all?

  14. It ruined Roethlisberger’s image and it will ruin Watson’s. Doesn’t matter if it is settled out of court.

  15. well, he is a good quarterback… if i we’re one of those 8 teams i would want him even more now. these issues don’t make him a bad quarterback… not like he was injured or something. he had to be carrying a low contract number by now.
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    great quarterback on the cheap gives you a few years to build whatever around him.

  16. Come to think, if he were traded to Pats then Robert Kraft could have referred him to some classy message parlors were there are no questions asked

  17. Maybe in rounds 1 or 2 Houston can take a shot at one of the Big 5 QBs in this QB rich draft and move on from Watson…oh wait a minute, I forgot Bill Obrien happened.

  18. The 4ers have you all fooled. They will be taking Pitts with number 3 knowing full well a month ago the Jets and Jaguars will be both taking quarterbacks

  19. The 4ers have you all fooled. They will be taking Pitts with number 3 knowing full well a month ago that the Jets and Jaguars will be both taking quarterbacks

  20. Allegations arise after Watson says he wants out. Maybe a conspiracy theory but, I think McNair is dirty.

  21. People seem to think Watson has actually won something in the NFL. I’m sorry his greatness was capable of how many wins last year? Yea that’s what I thought

  22. donato77 says:

    April 27, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Texans look even more incompetent. Should’ve traded him when they had the chance.

     
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    _they couldn’t you dummy…the pervert news came out before the new league year started….but don’t let facts get in the way of your hot take…

  23. neverbeshaken says:
    April 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm
    4-12. “Franchise QB’s” do not go 4-12. Ever. Under any circumstances
    =====

    Troy Aikman says “hi”

  24. neverbeshaken says:

    April 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    4-12. “Franchise QB’s” do not go 4-12. Ever. Under any circumstances
    ————–
    False. Peyton Manning went 3-13, Favre 4-12, Brees 2-9 and Elway at 5-11 and Marino and Rodgers at 6-10 were barely better than 4-12.

  25. neverbeshaken says:
    April 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm
    4-12. “Franchise QB’s” do not go 4-12. Ever. Under any circumstances.
    =============================================

    Troy Aikman went 0-11 as a starter during his rookie season. I’m sure there are other great QBs who have gone 4-12 or worse.

  26. neverbeshaken says:
    April 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm
    4-12. “Franchise QB’s” do not go 4-12. Ever. Under any circumstances.

    —–

    Peyton Manning (3-13 in 1998) says hi

  27. neverbeshaken says:
    April 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm
    4-12. “Franchise QB’s” do not go 4-12. Ever. Under any circumstances.

    ————-

    Yes they do. Peyton once went 3-13, and he’s the second best QB ever. Sure, it was his rookie season, but that’s a circumstance. Try again.

  28. Report: Eight teams showed interest in Deshaun Watson before legal issues arose
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    Key word: “before”, now all of that is out the window!

  29. “Sunday Swami says:
    April 28, 2021 at 3:08 am
    neverbeshaken says:

    April 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    4-12. “Franchise QB’s” do not go 4-12. Ever. Under any circumstances
    ————–
    False. Peyton Manning went 3-13, Favre 4-12, Brees 2-9 and Elway at 5-11 and Marino and Rodgers at 6-10 were barely better than 4-12.”

    Wrong. Dan Marino played 9 games in his first season posting a 7-2 record. Just the facts.

  30. The plan remains the same, as it has been all along: Texans will trade Watson in the next offseason, preferring 2022 & later picks over 2021 draft picks.

    McClain has been making assumptions on this.

  31. wryly says:

    If true, it’s very telling the Dolphins would have replaced Tua after one season.
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    If true, being the telling caveat. There’s no supportive information that any of these teams actually showed any interest, which in my mind would indicate they had contacted Houston. Whether or not the Dolphins had doubts about Tua, there’s no way they would have given up the collateral to get Watson. That goes against everything we’ve seen the last couple of years.

  32. Raggard says:

    April 28, 2021 at 9:59 am

    “Sunday Swami says:
    April 28, 2021 at 3:08 am
    neverbeshaken says:

    April 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    4-12. “Franchise QB’s” do not go 4-12. Ever. Under any circumstances
    ————–
    False. Peyton Manning went 3-13, Favre 4-12, Brees 2-9 and Elway at 5-11 and Marino and Rodgers at 6-10 were barely better than 4-12.”

    Wrong. Dan Marino played 9 games in his first season posting a 7-2 record. Just the facts.
    ——-
    Who’s talking about his 1st season? Not me. 1988 his 3rd season he went 6-10. Just the facts.

  33. Raggard says: April 28, 2021 at 9:59 am “Sunday Swami says: April 28, 2021 at 3:08 am neverbeshaken says: April 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm 4-12. “Franchise QB’s” do not go 4-12. Ever. Under any circumstances ————– False. Peyton Manning went 3-13, Favre 4-12, Brees 2-9 and Elway at 5-11 and Marino and Rodgers at 6-10 were barely better than 4-12.” Wrong. Dan Marino played 9 games in his first season posting a 7-2 record. Just the facts. ——- Who’s talking about his 1st season? Not me. 1988 his 3rd season as a starter and 4th in league he went 6-10. Just the facts. No one was talking about 1st seasons

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