Deshaun Watson became the hottest “free agent” in the NFL this past week after a grand jury decided not to indict him.
Understandably, he and his girlfriend were extremely giddy with the development.
Although Watson is technically still in the middle of a $156 million contract from the Houston Texans, he has repeatedly expressed that he wants out. The only thing precluding a deal from getting done for him has been his legal status.
But that is no longer a roadblock.
Over the past few days, multiple teams have emerged as potential landing spots for Watson. One, in particular, appears to be the odds-on favorite to land the talented quarterback.
That said, it appears two teams are also officially out on him.
“There has been much chatter about teams who were once interested in Watson but have moved on because of other trades or reasons,” reported NFL insider Aaron Wilson.
“Here is the list of teams that appear to be out of the Watson sweepstake, including the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, who were interested over the past year before moving on, per sources.”
It’s worth remembering: the Texans are demanding a lot for Watson. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, “the price hasn’t changed – three first-round picks and more.” That’s a ton for a guy with a spotty record as it pertains to his character and someone who just sat out an entire year.
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This is shaping up to be a fascinating next few days. What happens to Watson will ultimately have massive ramifications for some of the players on the teams that are in the running to get him.
What squad will Watson be representing when the time comes in 2022-23?
Time will tell.