On Friday, a grand jury decided to not file criminal complaints against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, which means he’s free to play football again.
With the legal issues now cleared up, let’s look at what teams make the most sense for Watson.
Carolina needs a quarterback. And they have a quarterback to give back to Houston in Sam Darnold. Here’s what a possible trade could look like.
New York Giants
They don’t have the salary cap space currently, but Watson would be a massive upgrade over Daniel Jones.
Back in January, Giants owner John Mara did say that the team wouldn’t pursue Watson because of the legal issues. But that’s all cleared up. Will Mara change his stance on Watson?
There have been conflicting reports about the Steelers interest in Watson, as they do need a quarterback to replace Ben Roethlisberger.
Mike Tomlin said he likes mobile quarterbacks. Watson is a very mobile QB. But, we’ll see.
The Seahawks just traded Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, so Seattle needs a QB.
Drew Lock is there, but Watson is a clear upgrade over him.
Seattle now has some wiggle room to make a trade for Watson, which now includes draft picks from Denver.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady retired. The former Super Bowl Champions need a quarterback.
Tampa still has a loaded roster full of weapons and they placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin, so he’ll be around for another season.
Watson with Bruce Arians and company could be a decent fit.
The Eagles made the playoffs at 9-8, but Jalen Hurts struggled.
The Eagles also have three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Could they use a few of them to entice Houston to make a trade and include Hurts in the offer?
Watson would be a massive upgrade over Hurts, who while he did get the Eagles to the playoffs, had a lot of moments where he didn’t look the part.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints are moving on from Sean Payton as their head coach and did okay with Jameis Winston as their starter last year before he got hurt.
But imagine Watson with the Saints offense?
Jameis Winston was good. Deshaun Watson would be better.