Dolphins, Panthers are the Deshaun Watson trade destinations

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Earlier today, we wrote that there’s a team other than the Dolphins that could still land quarterback Deshaun Watson in a trade with the Texans. We can now identify that team.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the other team is the Carolina Panthers.

The decision as to a final destination likely will be made by Watson, who has a no-trade clause and thus can veto any specific deal. Watson, put simply, has a decision to make.

A decision is expected soon. It’s not impossible that someone else could get involved. At this point, however, it’s the Dolphins as the favorites and the Panthers as the next possible landing spot, with Watson being the one who will make the final call.

The trading period closes on Tuesday, November 2, at 4:00 p.m. ET. If/when a deal happens, expect it to happen sooner than the deadline.

30 responses to “Dolphins, Panthers are the Deshaun Watson trade destinations

  1. I feel sorry for Dolphins fans. Looks like most of Miami’s fan base wants to stick with Tua at least until the end of the season,then re-evaluate. But owner Stephen Ross and his front office are currently engaged in negotiations to acquire DeShaun Watson…that tells us all we need to know about how the Miami Dolphins organization feels as a whole about Tua Tagovailoa.

  2. Looks like he’s going to Carolina. It’s closer to his hometown in Georgia and to Clemson. Though Miami would probably be superior on the massage therapy front.

  3. eaglesfan22 says:
    October 24, 2021 at 6:49 pm
    He’d have to be a moron to choose the Dolphins over the Panthers.

    Two words…SOUTH BEACH.

  4. Well Watson has already proven to be a bit off. The only way to stop these players from getting everything they want is to stop giving in.

    He should rot on a bench.

  5. I remember doing this with Tom Brady a couple years ago. There were a number of teams rumored to be his landing spot. The teams changed from day to day. Not once was Tampa Bay named as one of those rumored teams. Every team currently has a QB. The teams that might actually be interested in making a change probably wouldn’t let that information go public, just in case the trade didn’t materialize.

  6. charliecharger says:
    October 24, 2021 at 7:09 pm
    I remember doing this with Tom Brady a couple years ago. There were a number of teams rumored to be his landing spot. The teams changed from day to day. Not once was Tampa Bay named as one of those rumored teams. Every team currently has a QB. The teams that might actually be interested in making a change probably wouldn’t let that information go public, just in case the trade didn’t materialize.
    ——————————————————
    What coverage were you looking at? Tampa Bay was in play and mentioned from day one.

  7. charliecharger says:
    October 24, 2021 at 7:09 pm
    I remember doing this with Tom Brady a couple years ago. There were a number of teams rumored to be his landing spot. The teams changed from day go public, just in case the trade didn’t materialize.
    —————————————————————————————————-What are you talking about? Brady to the Bucs was within the top 3 of everyone’s list.

  8. This should have been done months ago. If I’m Miami, the season is over. I’m holding on to my 1’s and using them for a QB next year and some upgrades to the line.

  9. How do you trade for a guy that should be suspended by the league? Believe me, I know in the real world it’s innocent until proven guilty but Goodell has shown time and time again his law and interpretation of it is the only law that matters. He hammered Brady and the Patriots and Zeke and the ‘Boys with no proof of anything. Why hasn’t he done anything with Watson?

  10. The fins have so many holes to fill that so many high picks for one player would set this team back a decade. Bring in a new regime and start over again

  11. The ONLY way any decision is coming is if the Texans lower their asking price, there isn’t a team out there that’ll give up what the Texans want or anywhere close!

    And it’d cost them on their salary cap starting next season when Watson’s new contract kicks in at $40.4mil for 2022, the Panthers don’t have the cap space now to cover it, according to OTC they have $35.6mil available for 2022 so they’d have to unload some talent in the off-season.

    I don’t think there’s any way either of these teams gives up two #1’s and two #2’s for Watson with all those legal issues hanging over his head, he could be suspended for a year or more then where they be?

    In an even deeper hole with no #1’s or #2’s for a couple of years, if you think Miami’s bad now just wait until next season if they’re foolish enough to make this trade!

  12. minime says:
    October 24, 2021 at 8:01 pm
    Good.
    Send him to one of the worst teams in the NFL.
    ___________________________

    Detroit, the Jags and Jets already have QB’s and the Texans are in the same pile with all of the worse teams in the league so there’s not much chance of that happening.

  13. Is there a fan base that wants Watson to be the face of their team? Do the owners even consider what the people who support their team want? If I’m a Dolphin or Panther fan,I would rather they blow it up and start over than acquire Watson.

  14. RavensFlockTogether says:
    October 24, 2021 at 7:58 pm
    How do you trade for a guy that should be suspended by the league? Believe me, I know in the real world it’s innocent until proven guilty but Goodell has shown time and time again his law and interpretation of it is the only law that matters. He hammered Brady and the Patriots and Zeke and the ‘Boys with no proof of anything. Why hasn’t he done anything with Watson?

    Because Goodell is waiting for a team to trade for him to suspend him indefinitely. It’s the way he works, he wants to make a bang and make it hurt.

  15. As a Lions fan I’m glad we are staying out of this, for multiple reasons. I understand why you might want him if you’re Carolina or the Dolphins but if you get no protections against the issues from his “issues” keeping him off the field or compensation tied to games played over the next few seasons I think the GM is nuts. High contract, high asking price, high off the field issues to deal with, uncertainty of availability on the field. Gotta be crazy to do this for what they are insisting on. IMO

  16. I’m willing to bet all these “sources” are somehow affiliated with the Texans. They’re not fooling anyone trying to create a bidding war when no one is trading for a guy that’s not playing football for a long time. If they’re smart they would’ve activated him week one force the league make a decision. If no immediate suspension then maybe a team would’ve considered it. Now it’s to late.

  17. Rhule is desperate for a QB after Darnold’s benching, he’s had enough. Carolina I think will pull the trigger to try to make the playoffs, Rhule knows that’s what he needs to keep his job in the long-run.

  18. Only way Watson controls where he goes is if trade compensation offered is comparable. Otherwise, the Texans simply say “Fine, we won’t trade you, you play for the Texans or you retire.” No trade clause be damned, they don’t have to trade him.

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