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Deshaun Watson could finally be on the move soon. According to a Wednesday night tweet from Chris Trapasso with CBS Sports, trade talks between the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles are starting to heat up.
“Source: Talks are heating up between Eagles and Texans on a Deshaun Watson trade,” Trapasso tweeted. “Still some hurdles to get over. But both sides attempting to come to an agreement.”
— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) August 5, 2021
If the two team could agree on a deal, Watson would move from the AFC South to the NFC East, a much more manageable division right now. But we should also note that a trade is not imminent, something Aaron Wilson reminded us of soon after the news broke.
“No trade imminent or developing at this time for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, according to league sources,” Wilson tweeted. “While there is interest and teams are conducting extensive due diligence, complex legal situation, no-trade clause are all difficult factors to work through still.”
No trade imminent or developing at this time for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, according to league sources. While there is interest and teams are conducting extensive due diligence, complex legal situation, no-trade clause are all difficult factors to work through still.
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 5, 2021
At some point, something has to give with this situation. Sure, that point might not come until the legal process regarding Watson gets resolved, but Watson is participating in Houston practices as a safety and defensive end just to avoid getting fined, so something has to give. Soon.
If the franchise quarterback does get dealt to the Eagles, it’s possible we could see him and Jalen Hurts in the same quarterback room. The two faced off against one another in the national title game back in 2016 when Watson led Clemson to a last-minute, game-winning touchdown.
Some have speculated that Hurts could be sent back to the Texans in the deal, but I’m not sure if I buy that. Houston already has a veteran starter in place with Tyrod Taylor, and they just spent the No. 67 overall pick on Stanford quarterback Davis Mills. I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept that room as is while attempting to land the No. 1 pick in the 2022 draft.
If Watson did net them a first-rounder, then they could then select their quarterback of the future while also adding a top-shelf talent to help him.
On the other hand, the Eagles would likely still need a starter in the short term while Watson deals with his ongoing legal issues. Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens are already on the roster, so sticking with that duo could be an option, or Philadelphia could roll out Hurts until the situation with Watson is resolved.
The Eagles could always move Hurts once those legal issues are handled.
I’m fascinated to find out where all this trade talk goes. As Wilson and Trapasso both pointed out, nothing has been finalized yet, but it’s beginning to feel like we may finally be moving towards a resolution to the Watson situation.
Buckle up, folks. We’re just getting started.
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