The ongoing drama with Houston Texans quarterback Deshawn Watson continues as free agency starts in the NFL, and one team keeps popping up as a possible suitor for the quarterback.
The Athletic says that the Carolina Panthers are the team to watch for, as one executive says that the Panthers are ‘locked’ on the Texans thrower.
“Most league insiders believe [Texans general manager Nick] Caserio eventually will deal Watson,” The Athletic’s Joseph Person wrote on the situation.
The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets are four other teams that have had their eyes on Watson, but there have been plenty of rumors of a potential ‘surprise’ team that could be looking to deal for the quarterback, and the Panthers could be that team.
Of course now with new allegations of sexual assault against him, trade interest in Watson may take a dramatic turn.
One team that could have felt the aftermath of the Watson allegations is the Chicago Bears. The Bears had reportedly been eyeing Watson and Seattle QB Russell Wilson, but instead they quickly snatched up former Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton, perhaps to be their starter for 2021.
New Texans GM Nick Caserio and first-year head coach David Culley have both said the team isn’t planning to deal Watson, but at some point, the club might not have any other options. They could then use a Watson trade to clean up with draft picks and players to rebuild their roster.
Watson is currently inked with the Texans through 2025.