Late on Wednesday night, a major report emerged revealing that talks between the Houston Texans and another team about a trade quarterback Deshaun Watson were “heating up.” Just a few hours later on Thursday morning, a contradictory piece of information encouraged everyone to pump the breaks.
The first report emerged from Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports who claimed that the Philadelphia Eagles and Texans were having discussions about a potential trade involving Watson.
“Talks are heating up between Eagles and Texans on a Deshaun Watson trade,” Trapasso said. “Still some hurdles to get over. But both sides attempting to come to an agreement.”
However, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported the following morning on Thursday that there were no trade talks “heating up” between the Eagles and the Texans.
“Contrary to a report that trade talks between the Eagles and Texans regarding a potential Watson deal are “heating up,” a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that they are not,” Florio wrote.
The problem at this point is the looming possibility of prosecution. As previously mentioned, Watson’s camp believes that the evidence against him inevitably will be presented to a grand jury. If he’s indicted on felony charges, the NFL undoubtedly will place him on paid leave until the case is resolved. Until then, it’s possible he’ll be convicted and then incarcerated.
“Teams have to wait to make sure jail isn’t a possibility,” one source explained.
The inevitability of the Deshaun Watson criminal allegations being considered by a grand jury is keeping Eagles and other teams from making a serious trade effort. https://t.co/Df9Wilv3cr
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 5, 2021
Just because talks between the Eagles and the Texans are heating up doesn’t mean that there isn’t still interest in Watson, despite the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him. Florio reported that the Carolina Panthers are “keeping an eye” on the 25-year-old, depending on how the legal situation turns out.
Watson has been present for Texans training camp practice, but hasn’t taken any snaps at quarterback. He was spotted filling in at deep safety in a scout team role, but hasn’t gotten involved seriously in any workout as he maintains that he would like to be traded.
Given that Watson’s legal situation won’t be wrapped up anytime soon, fans will have to wait for some time before an outcome is determined for his football career.
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