In one of the weird sports activities tales in latest reminiscence, Deshaun Watson stays eligible to play within the NFL however has been inactive ever since 22 girls accused him of sexual misconduct.
Apparently, ESPN insider Chris Mortensen nonetheless believes that Watson will play within the NFL this season. Right here is Mortensen with Jake Asman on ESPN 97.5 Houston:
Mortensen clarifies he’s not reporting that Watson will play this season, however that’s his opinion. That stated, Mort’s opinions are extra knowledgeable and newsworthy than most pundits’ sources.
If the Texans commerce Watson earlier than the Nov. 2 commerce deadline, they might must decrease their calls for. By rather a lot. According to a Yahoo Sports report in late August, Houston is in search of three first-round and two second-round picks in change for Watson. At that value, no group would have a look at Watson, given his cloudy future.
The NFL might place Watson on the Commissioner Exempt Checklist as quickly as a group acquires him. Keep in mind, Houston is inadvertently doing the NFL a favor by not enjoying Watson and never forcing the league to implement a punishment earlier than it completes his felony probe. The NFL should still droop Watson for a major time this season or subsequent.
That uncertainty doesn’t equal 5 picks within the first two rounds of the draft.
As for commerce locations, Miami makes essentially the most sense. The Dolphins have a Tremendous Bowl roster, except for the QB place. Nevertheless, if the group racks up wins with Tua Tagovailoa early this season, why threat promoting the home for Watson? Tua and the Dolphins are off to a 1-0 begin.
Different groups which have query marks on the QB place shifting ahead embody the Panthers, Broncos, Soccer Workforce, Giants (I feel?), Eagles, and Vikings. However bear in mind, two higher QBs with out the bags and uncertainty could possibly be obtainable this offseason. Based on Ian Rapoport, the futures of each Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson stay up within the air.
Even the considered buying and selling for Rodgers or Wilson is sufficient to overlook about Watson. I’d steer clear of Deshaun Watson this season. And my guess is most groups will.