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Browns and Panthers are out for Deshaun Watson; Falcons and Saints are the finalists

Written by Doug Rush

Deshaun Watson has met with four teams. He has told two of them that he won’t be playing for them.

The Cleveland Browns were told they were out.

And so are the Carolina Panthers.

That leaves two teams; the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

Atlanta would have to trade Matt Ryan if Watson does choose them, meanwhile, the Saints have their starting quarterback role wide open since last year’s starter; Jameis Winston, is now a free agent.

All eyes are on Watson and his choice for 2022.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.