The Houston Texans appear to be on the verge of trading Deshaun Watson to the Miami Dolphins. At the moment, the jury is still out on whether it will ultimately be in a 3-team deal – but a swap of some sort looks to be in the works.
At this point, everyone knows Watson’s story. He is objectively one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, but has been embroiled in a lot of controversy over the past year. It started with him demanding a trade after last season, only to be hit with a thunderstorm of disturbing off-the-field accusations.
In the process, Watson has maintained his innocence – even providing his own text message exchanges which he maintains exonerate him.
Given all the baggage accompanying Watson these days, one would think that he’d be happy with any squad that would be willing to trade for him. After all, the specter of a potential season-long suspension continues to hang over his head.
Regardless of what he is dealing with, there is one team Watson has zero interest in: the Philadelphia Eagles.
During a recent appearance on CBS Sports Radio, Texans insider Aaron Wilson dropped an interesting tidbit.
— CBS Sports Radio (@CBSSportsRadio) October 21, 2021
“At one point, Philadelphia was really aggressive in this, to the point where Howie Roseman had even contacted Deshaun’s legal team, he sent an investigator down here… He had done a lot of leg work on this. Eventually what he ascertained, and I reported this back in August and late July as well, was that Deshaun wouldn’t waive his no trade clause for the Eagles,” Wilson said.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/b0V5YBd5V1
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 20, 2021
Clearly this isn’t a beggars can’t be choosers situation, because Watson obviously feels like his no-trade clause affords him a lot of leverage.
Will Miami be able to swing a deal for Watson? Time will tell. But it’s fascinating that the 26-year-old is so confident he will be able to commandeer himself there that he is thumbing his nose in the face of a possible Eagles trade.