A grand jury freed the Texans QB of criminal charges from nine of the 10 cases he is facing–with prosecutors not presenting the 10th case. Watson, who continues to clear his name and deny any wrongdoing on the allegations thrown against him, took to Twitter to share his reaction to the ruling.
Deshaun Watson sat out the whole 2021 season as he worked through the legal cases that accused him of sexual misconduct. The NFL takes such allegations seriously, which could have played a role why Houston decided to sit him out. Not to mention that he requested for a trade away from Houston, though his legal situation made it difficult for the team to find any willing partner.
Now that a ruling has been made, though, the Texans can finally move forward in trading him. As reported earlier, the trade market for Watson is expected to “ramp up” with a number of teams already interested. Among the NFL franchises linked with a potential move for Watson includes the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, though there are a few more teams popping up as potential suitors.
For one, the Cleveland Browns have been named as a potential trade partner for the Texans. They are said to be doing their homework on the young QB, especially after Baker Mayfield's inconsistent and injury-riddled 2021 campaign.
It's unknown where Watson will end up with, and since he has a no-trade clause, he will have a say in any trade involving him. With that said, it might take time before the Texans find a suitable trade and Watson decides on hifuture.