Professional football network reported that Watson met with the Panthers and Saints on Monday and said both teams have sent trade offers for Watson to the Texans.
Last week, Watson was cleared of criminal charges related to the sexual assault. Although he has not been criminally charged, Watson still faces 22 civil lawsuits from women accusing him of sexual misconduct, and the NFL has the option of suspending him. Watson strongly refuted the allegations.
If Watson becomes a Cleveland Brown, Baker Mayfield’s future could be bleak.
Mayfield is coming off one of the worst seasons of his football career, completing 60.5% of his passes for 3,010 yards with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Mayfield also battled a shoulder injury for most of the season, but underwent surgery in the offseason to repair the torn labrum.
The Browns’ signal caller will be a free agent in 2023, so it’s possible the Browns will simply release him instead of involving him in a trade.
The Texans currently have a solid QB situation with an intriguing class of 2023 draft quarterbacks, so there’s no reason to give up a solid signal at Davis Mills just yet.
NFL teams interested in Deshaun Watson should focus on his civil deposition on Tuesday, which is expected to proceed without him pleading the Fifth Amendment in testimony.
It was also reported that a suspension from the NFL remains possible, although Watson was cleared of criminal charges.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, told Watson to plead the fifth in his final deposition on Friday. The advice was due to the ongoing criminal investigation at the time, but now that that is done, Watson will take questions from Tony Buzbee, who is representing the women in the civil suit.
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