Deshaun Watson is currently in the midst of a very messy legal situation. There have been 22 cases filed against him over inappropriate behavior with various women in the wellness industry, and the details are pretty disturbing.
The Houston Texans quarterback has already signaled what his defense will be, but it remains to be seen how successful it will ultimately be.
Although Watson hasn’t been suspended yet, there is a very real chance that the league may intervene at some point and prohibit him from playing.
So is there a team out there willing to make a trade for him, with that hanging over the proceedings?
According to Peter King of NBC Sports, the Carolina Panthers remain a viable option for Watson’s services.
“I think it’s possible that the Panthers could still be in the Deshaun Watson derby, when/if his legal troubles go away,” King wrote.
“But I don’t think the Panthers are willing to do what Houston would want, and that is to find a partner to make a Herschel Walker trade. (In 1989, the Cowboys traded Walker, the star running back, to Minnesota in a complex trade for three first-round picks, three second-round picks and some middling players. There were other, lesser picks plus a later trade between the teams, but Dallas got picks to be able to draft Super Bowl keystones Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson, among others.)
A number of disturbing text messages and direct messages from Watson emerged earlier this week. Before that, one of the accusers made some very graphic allegations about him. And prior to that, arguably the most credible alleged victim in all this offered a detailed retelling of what exactly she had been through.
The case against Watson isn’t looking good. Which makes it all the more surprising that the Panthers are still willing to kick the tires on a potential deal.
Just give LaMelo Rookie of the Year now. https://t.co/jyuEfUi2x4
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 8, 2021
Will something ultimately come together?
An answer should present itself over the next few weeks and months.