Deshaun Watson’s NFL playing status if he’s traded, revealed
The NFL trade deadline is right around the corner and the rumor mill is heating up. Deshaun Watson’s name has been involved in numerous rumors, and it appears a trade might finally come to fruition between now and November 2nd.
According to Ian Rapoport, multiple teams have shown interest and the Texans have been fielding calls. Additionally, Rapoport also claims Watson would be eligible to immediately play, as he is not on the NFL’s exempt list.
“The belief is Watson would be eligible to play immediately if traded.”
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) October 25, 2021
Of course, we must take this news with a grain of salt as it feels like there has been a trade rumor surrounding the Texans and Deshaun Watson every week. However, after Sam Darnold’s continuous struggles, the Panthers are potentially interested in making a trade. Additionally, the Dolphins have been involved in these NFL trade rumors since day one.
Despite that, it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Houston won’t let their disgruntled superstar leave for a cheap price, even though Watson is facing multiple sexual assault allegations and lawsuits. He’ll be able to play and finish this season, but the potential suspension looms over him like a dark cloud. There is a chance Watson doesn’t play an NFL game in the 2022 season.
Considering rumors are pointing towards the Panthers and Dolphins as possible suitors, we could see something happen between now and November 2nd. Carolina would receive a massive upgrade at quarterback to go along with their talented young roster. Meanwhile, the Dolphins would receive an upgrade as well, but their future would be less clear.
We’ll see how it plays out, as everything is just speculation for now. It’s important to note though, that Ian Rapoport is one of the most reliable NFL reporters in the business. If he says there’s a “good chance” Watson gets traded, then this reporting should be taken seriously.