Deshaun Watson Trade Rumors: Talks Between Eagles, Texans Are Not 'Heating Up'August 5, 2021
Trade talks between the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans regarding Deshaun Watson are reportedly not "heating up" despite a recent report.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported ongoing investigations into sexual assault allegations against Watson are preventing any progress from being made on a potential trade. Twenty-two women filed civil lawsuits against Watson alleging sexual assault or misconduct. Accusations range from unwanted touching to forced oral sex.
Ten women, including two who have not filed lawsuits, have also spoken to Houston police regarding their allegations. No criminal charges have been filed.
Florio's reported Watson's representation expects the criminal charges to be brought to a grand jury. If he is formally charged with a crime, Watson will almost certainly be placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list.
“Teams have to wait to make sure jail isn’t a possibility,” a source said.
The NFL is conducting its own investigation. It's possible Watson will be suspended by the league even if no criminal charges are filed.
Watson requested a trade from the Texans earlier this offseason but has reported to training camp in order to avoid $50,000 daily fines. He has not been practicing because of ankle and calf injuries but has been attending meetings.