Report: “Unlikely” that Deshaun Watson’s criminal probe will end before trade deadline

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As of last week, it was believed that the grand jury eventually handling the criminal complaints against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson could conclude its work by late October. A new report suggests otherwise.

A.J. Perez of writes that it’s “looking more unlikely” that the criminal probe will end before the November 2 trade deadline.

As worded, that’s a bit vague. If it was previously looking incredibly likely but now only marginally likely, it technically would be “looking more unlikely.” Regardless, we’ll interpret the comment as meaning that, for now, it’s not expected that the grand jury will reach a decision as to whether to indict or not indict Watson before the trade deadline.

Perez adds that “there’s still a chance” that Watson could be traded without a grand-jury decision. Most teams want to wait for the criminal case to conclude. At least one team, per Perez, is open to trading for Watson before then.

That team, based on our own reporting, would be the Dolphins. As previously mentioned, the Dolphins were talking to the league office in an effort to gather insight as to whether Watson, if traded, would land on paid leave. For now, the league hasn’t decided whether to place Watson on the Commissioner Exempt list because the Texans are already paying him to not play. The moment he’d be traded, the league would then have to decide whether to intervene.

The Dolphins ultimately weren’t scared off by the possibility of paid leave but by the asking price from the Texans, who refused to bend in their desire for three first-round picks and two second-round picks. (One source believes the Texans want four first-round picks and two second-round picks from Miami.)

For now, Watson continues to be on the team but not really part of it. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported over the weekend that they’re keeping him away from the other players. In six weeks and five days, he’ll either be sidelined for the rest of 2021 with pay or he’ll be part of a new team.

13 responses to “Report: “Unlikely” that Deshaun Watson’s criminal probe will end before trade deadline

  1. So why are the Texans not playing him?! The crux of this are civil complaints which have gotten zero momentum. Once his attorney challenged the civil complainants to make criminal claims a small handful did but zero has happened.

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty?! Play him, trade him or cut him! Don’t hold him hostage as if he’s been convicted!

  2. sbc2556 says:
    September 16, 2021 at 5:50 pm
    So why are the Texans not playing him?


    He vowed to never play another game for the Texans

  3. He is damaged goods and only a complete moron GM/owner would give up 5 or 6 picks for him and then watch him not stop with his behavior. The Texans should take whatever they can get now even if it is a 5th or 6th round pick, but the Texans will screw this up and end up cutting him with nothing in return or keep paying him to not even be a bench warmer.

  4. “He vowed to never play another game for the Texans”

    That was his vow but a LOT has changed since then. If he really wants out it’d be in his best interests to show teams he’s in shape, that the league would actually allow him to play without suspending him the instant the Texans named him starter, and that the public outcry over his playing wouldn’t be more than he could gracefully handle. Answering those questions wouldn’t make all the legal uncertainties go away but it’d at least be a start.

  5. If he doesn’t want to play why do they have to pay him? Isn’t he in breach of his contract? Why pay him to be the pretend 3rd stringer? If he doesn’t want to play for the Texans he can stay home with no pay.

  6. Meanwhile, back on the football field, Jags were favored but got blown out by a supposedly inept Texans team. Next up: Cleveland Browns. No DeShaun? No problem. Should be a good game.

  7. What I can’t figure out is how come the Raiders aren’t making a claim to get him.. Jon Gruden would be salivating for him to be their next quarterback. And let’s face it, Derek Carr’s a freaking joke.

  8. RoaminGabriel says:
    September 16, 2021 at 7:06 pm
    Tua needs to prove himself to keep Watson out of Miami.

    At this point with all of the unknowns Miami isn’t even considering Watson as an option!

    You can bank on that no matter what you’ve read on sports sites.

  9. “Perez adds that “there’s still a chance” that Watson could be traded without a grand-jury decision.”

    Only if the Texans will take a heck of a lot less than they’ve been holding out for. No team is going to give them their entire haul of first and second rounders for 2 years for a guy who may not be able to play for them.

    Texans should tell him to get on the field and start, and if he refuses then he won’t get paid.

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