Deshaun Watson Trade Rumors: Eagles, Dolphins, Panthers Had Recent Talks with Texans

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVOctober 21, 2021

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 03: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans reacts to a play during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans have reportedly had trade talks with the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers regarding quarterback Deshaun Watson, per Jeff Howe and Aaron Reiss of The Athletic, though multiple sources indicated that a deal "does not appear to be imminent."

That followed conflicting reports earlier on Wednesday involving a potential deal between the Texans and Dolphins:

Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Texans?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Texans</a> are working toward a potential deal that would send Deshaun Watson to the Miami Dolphins that could get done this week. If not this week they still hope they can get it done before the Nov 2 trade deadline.

Marcel Louis-Jacques @Marcel_LJ

NFL landscape is fluid but in regard to trades involving the Dolphins, Tua Tagovailoa &amp; Deshaun Watson, a source close to the situation texted me, "Rumors are false"

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz

Ross has spoken excitedly about Watson trade to associates since this past spring, as we've reported for many months. Grier doing it now could help save Grier's job, like a lifeline to distract from poor drafting <a href="https://t.co/k77HcRyzFv">https://t.co/k77HcRyzFv</a>

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz

ESPN previously reported that Watson likely would be permitted by league to play this year if he and his team choose for him to play. He's not suspended, though an eventual NFL suspension is obviously a real possibility, if not a probability <a href="https://t.co/t3mzQD5FYt">https://t.co/t3mzQD5FYt</a>

Per The Athletic, Houston has been requesting "three first-round draft picks and two or three more assets, including a collection of picks or players, according to a source."

Watson has remained inactive through the first six weeks of the season and has asked to be traded, though he has a no-trade clause in his contract and will have some say over his final destination. 

The question is whether any NFL team will actually deal away assets for him given his ongoing legal situation. Watson is the subject of 22 lawsuits from women accusing him of sexual assault and misconduct. Watson has denied the allegations. 

At least 10 women have also filed complaints with the Houston Police Department, and Watson has been interviewed by the FBI. Additionally, the NFL is conducting its own investigation into the matter which could lead to a suspension under the league's personal conduct policy.

As for a potential return in a trade with the Dolphins, The Athletic reported that the Texans "have not shown interest in acquiring quarterback Tua Tagovailoa from the Dolphins, nor has Tagovailoa's name come up in trade discussions as of Wednesday evening."

The second-year player has thrown for 544 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in three starts, completing 64.1 percent of his passes. The Dolphins are 1-2 in those starts. 


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