Just over one month ago, Deshaun Watson was the hottest name on this year’s NFL trade market. According to reports from Houston Texans insider John McClain, there were eight teams interested in trading for the superstar quarterback.
That all changed when a cascade of sexual assault allegations began washing over Watson. With now 22 pending cases against him, the interest in the 25-year-old quarterback has dropped to virtually zero.
In the time since the litigation against Watson began, a long list of former potential trade partners have made other arrangements at the quarterback position.
The Jets are seemingly locked in to select Zach Wilson with their No. 2 overall selection in tonight’s draft, the Panthers have traded for former New York QB Sam Darnold, the 49ers moved up to No. 3 and will likely select a quarterback, the Pats re-signed Cam Newton on a one-year deal, the Bears signed Andy Dalton and Washington secured free-agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Heavily in the running during the Watson sweepstakes, the Dolphins were reportedly willing to offer three first-round draft picks in return for the Texans QB. The interest was mutual as well, with sources reportedly saying Miami was Watson’s No. 1 potential landing spot.
While the Dolphins may be the most likely team to attempt a trade, that possibility is remains extremely unlikely.
Since the Watson drama started heating up, coaches, players and executives around the Miami organization have been firm in their confidence with rising second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. A draft-day move for a new QB1 would go against the overwhelming consensus that Tua is the starting quarterback heading into 2021.
Even if Watson settles all of these troubling cases out of court, he’ll likely face some significant suspensions from the NFL.