Panthers ‘In the Mix’ for Deshaun Watson

While Deshaun Watson has not yet demanded a trade from the Houston Texans, things feel like they could be moving in that direction. On Sunday, we named five destinations that would make sense for Watson, including the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Don’t discount the Carolina Panthers also getting into the mix however, says Ian Rapoport on NFL Network:

The Jets and Dolphins both have two first round picks this year. The Jets pick No. 2 overall, and the Dolphins pick No. 3 because they have the Texans’ pick from the Laremy Tunsil trade. If either of these two teams decides to go all-in for the top QBs in the draft, it will be hard for the Panthers (or anyone else) to compete with an offer.

However, as Rapoport notes, the Panthers do have the eighth overall pick, and they have a new owner in David Tepper who wants to make a splash. They also have an uncertain quarterback future, if Teddy Bridgewater is not the long-term answer. The Panthers ultimately may not have the ammo to land Watson in a trade, if his situation in Houston is indeed unsalvageable. However, Carolina is another team we should at least consider if Watson trade rumors persist.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. The Dolphins are sitting pretty picking third after a 10-6 year. They don’t really need a QB, but if they can get Watson I’d gladly trade Tua for the sure thing. It’s nice to have options. The trade for Tunsil seemed insane when it happened, but it turned it into gold. The Fins are going to be an ongoing force if they can draft a legit RB for once, keep Parker on the field, and/or add a playmaker WR.

  2. The only way to truly value Watson is using the hot/crazy index for talented football players. The Antonio Brown scale.

    Is all that crying worth the talent he brings and should you trade the potential for it? Because you know him just switching teams probably isn’t going to solve whatever crybaby tendencies he has in his personality.

  3. Deshaun is soooo good, that the Texans resigned him to an extension and boom … they are still bad.

    what happens if he goes somewhere else and that team has traded all their assets away? booom … bad follows watson to a new team.

    A QB with Brass balls would play on one year deals for big money like Peyton Manning did with the Broncos.

    Deshaun should convert his contract to a Lebron style deal, where he plays when he wants and gets paid once a year 😎

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