Eight Teams Expressed Interest In Trading For Deshaun Watson Prior To Legal Trouble

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The NFL offseason began with a whirlwind with superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson publicly demanded a trade from the Houston Texans and while the team originally scuffed at the demand, it is now revealed that they did plan on trading Watson right before Thursday’s NFL Draft.

But that entire situation got tabled when more than 20 woman came forward and accused Deshaun Watson of sexual assault/harassment.

On Tuesday, it was reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle eight NFL teams were interested in trading for him before his legal issues. Those teams were the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears and Washington Football Team:

“The Texans’ plan was to get the most serious teams into a bidding war before general manager Nick Caserio — with Cal McNair’s approval — accepted the best offer that, ideally, would have included at least three first-round picks, two second-round picks and a defensive starter.”

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted the NFL may use its Personal Conduct Policy to hand a “significant suspension” to the signal-caller regardless of how the situation plays out legally.


Meanwhile, the only two teams listed who haven’t made a move at quarterback this season are the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins as the 49ers and Jets are slated to pick a QB in the top 3 of Thursday’s Draft, the Panthers having traded for Sam Darnold and the Washington Football Team signing Ryan Fitzpatrick.