Deshaun Watson wants to meet with teams before deciding where to go next

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The transaction will be a trade, but it has a distinct free-agency feel.

NFL Media reports that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wants to meet with interested teams before making a decision as to the team(s) for which he’ll waive his no-trade clause. Per the report, trade offers have been made by the Saints and Panthers.

Watson’s desire to do his own due diligence necessarily will slow down the process. As previously mentioned, that could hurt Watson, given that: (1) he’ll testify in the civil lawsuits pending against him on Tuesday; and (2) teams may want to see the testimony before making a final decision about trading for him.

Indeed, Watson likely won’t be able to meet with any teams until Wednesday, at the earliest. With his deposition testimony happening on Tuesday, lawyer Rusty Hardin undoubtedly will want to spend all of Monday preparing him for the experience.

The ensuing delay, even if the meetings happen virtually, necessarily will cause some potentially interested teams to move on to more immediately available options. It will cause some potentially interested teams to not proceed at all, given the damage that open pursuit of Watson could do to the relationship with the current starting quarterback.

Thus, while it’s smart for Watson to want to meet with teams (given the various factors he needs to consider), some teams won’t be willing to do the dance. As a result, this move necessarily will trim the list of interested teams to those who are serious about Watson, since they’ll have to be serious about waiting for him, about meeting with him, about answering his questions, and about eventually pausing to anticipate his final decision. If, of course, they’re also willing to give the Texans whatever they want.

49 responses to “Deshaun Watson wants to meet with teams before deciding where to go next

  1. First a team has to decide whether to pay that horrendous price Houston is asking.

  2. If the teams Watson is interested in going to play for are not interested in him this can hurt him and benefit the Texans. Don’t for get the teams he eventually plays for may end up in cap hell, not many picks in the upcoming years to help build a competitive team or the lose of some good players to obtain him. I can see Watsons people screwing the Texans when they finally decide on a team saying, he will only wave his no trade clause to that team forcing the Texans to take less or having to hold onto him. This can get interesting.

  3. Houston will probably have to lower the asking price or Watson will have to agree to go to a lower level team. Any team that gives up the 3 1st and 3 2nds plus players would have to be stocked or he is going from Houston to another team with nothing around him.

  4. If he only waives his no-trade for one team, they don’t have to pay what Houston is asking. There will be no other bidders. They just have to pay enough to make it better for the Texans than paying Watson $35mill to not play in 2022.

  5. I would imagine teams would welcome the opportunity to meet with him. I’m sure they have a lot of questions too. It won’t be a one-sided conversation. Sounds like a really good thing because whoever trades for him will have had the opportunity to explore all the issues.

  6. What a mess. But NFL are so desperate for signal callers that this is probably all going to work out for about 3 teams.

  7. He should agree to waive his no-trade for only one team so he limits the leverage that the Texans have in trade discussions. A bidding war would not be in his best interest because the more a team gives up to get him the less they have to invest in players around him. He should want the Texans to get as little as possible.

  8. lions91 says:
    March 13, 2022 at 12:53 pm
    Houston will probably have to lower the asking price or Watson will have to agree to go to a lower level team. Any team that gives up the 3 1st and 3 2nds plus players would have to be stocked or he is going from Houston to another team with nothing around him.

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    3 1sts and 3 2nds? No team is giving up anything close to that….. No way

  9. So this guy signed a big contract then said he would never play for Texans again. Obviously not honoring his contract. Why do Texans have to honor his no trade clause? Guy is lucky to still be in the league.

  10. Well with his no trade clause this was already a given. Houston cant just trade him to the highest bidder. He wont have the destinations he had before all this so he may end up in a place like Carolina where he didnt want to go before. Also no way Houston gets 3 1sts, 3 2nds.

  11. DW quite frankly is just not that good. Throw in the baggage and the fact he sat for a year I would tread carefully.

  12. He is not a free agent. If I was Texans I would give him 3 choices. He either plays for the Texans which he agreed upon signing his contract or he waives a no trade clause for whatever team offers the most compensation. And if he doesn’t like those two choices he has another one he could make. Retire. The point being he doesn’t have as much leverage as people are making it seem.

  13. I hope GM’s around the league are learning a valuable lesson here. You can give a guy a lot of guaranteed money and a no trade clause, but only if there’s a “Deshaun Watson clause” that says you forfeit your guaranteed money if you refuse to play.

  14. Garbage time stats, terrible win percentage, out of football for almost 2yrs, zero leadership skills, huge off field issues, boatload of picks needed to aquire a horrid contract, convincing your fanbase he isn’t a predator. Yeah that should line teams up around the block!

  15. matt4787 says:
    March 13, 2022 at 3:28 pm
    He is not a free agent. If I was Texans I would give him 3 choices. He either plays for the Texans which he agreed upon signing his contract or he waives a no trade clause for whatever team offers the most compensation. And if he doesn’t like those two choices he has another one he could make. Retire. The point being he doesn’t have as much leverage as people are making it seem.
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    What you think and what is real are two different things.

  16. The uniform/suit of armor the team massage therapists wear will determine his team of choice.

  17. Moscow Mercenaries of the RFL (Russian Football League) actively looking for a QB…Putin personally guarantees that his favorite team will win the Red Bowl…Free access to best massage spas in the city. No questions asked. Huge salary but paid in russian rubles. That could be a problem.

  18. You should always be able to talk to a club first before you get traded. In a matter of fact…this whole trade system really is a heritage of you which time. I mean which employee gets trtaded to another company withou having any say in it?

  19. At this point if some team is willing to take him, he should be very greatful and jump on it.

  20. It’s nice to have someone so willing to fill the Rodgers will he or won’t he void. Its been almost a week without self important QB drama.

  21. first order of business for potential interested teams……..hey deshaun, when is that suspension starting?

  22. hlna55 says:
    March 13, 2022 at 4:42 pm
    The team that signs him is interested in ticket and jersey sails.
    _________

    Is that how you power your boat in the waters off the Jersey Shore?

  23. This reminds me of the new millennial at work who tells the manager how to do his job. Be grateful you’re playing Watson, and be grateful people want you despite only winning 4 games last time you took the field.

  24. It’s Deshaun’s world. He expects flowers at his feet and keys to the city as he tours those NFL hopeful of being worthy of him.

    He’s going to cry for you. He’s going to sjw. He’s going to tell your owner who to hire as GM/HC and who to fire.

    It’s all about him.

  25. A lot will depend on the result of the lawsuit. The fact that Watson hasn’t been afraid of this going to trial says a lot.

  26. The kid is a cuddled perv who should be severely suspended by the league. He has an elevated opinion of himself from years of coaches telling him how great he was and people making him feel entitled. He hasn’t won anything in the NFL and has accumulated good stats in garbage time. His play tailed off significantly when Hopkins went down.
    Not a person of high character.

  27. Given the allegations I’d hope the teams would want to talk to him as well before they make him the face of their franchise.

  28. First he is going to have to find a team willing to meet with him. Despite media personalities slamming their hands on the desk and lisping out demands that everyone wants mediocre 4-12 QB with endless character red flags no team has actually made any effort whatsoever to explore trading for this guy.

  29. The Texans are not the reason he has to flee – he committed unethical acts toward women and he should not have any say on where he goes. His malfeasance and treatment of professional massage therapists as call girls should void his contract provisions on morality reasons. He should be shipped to the highest bidder and he should have no say where he ends up.

  30. Does anyone really believe that Houston is going to get 3 1sts and 3 players in return for Watson? Aside from the lawsuits, which will decrease his value to start, added with the year off 9f football, and no trade clause, Houston will get a 22 1st,3rd,and 5th, 2023 2nd & 4th, and a couple players to offset his salary.

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