Deshaun Watson’s trade chances with Texans dealt massive blow
Deshaun Watson won’t be suiting up for the Houston Texans this season. With Week 2 already here, it seems increasingly unlikely the embattled star quarterback will be taking the field with any other team in 2021, either.
A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports reported on Thursday that the active criminal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Watson is unlikely to be finished by the November 2 trade deadline, potentially stranding him with the Texans for the season’s duration.
It’s looking more unlikely that Deshaun Watson’s criminal inquiry over allegations of sexual misconduct will be completed before the Nov. 2 NFL trade deadline, sources tell @FOS.
— A.J. Perez (@byajperez) September 16, 2021
Watson requested a trade from the Texans in January, shortly after Houston finished a disastrous 2020 season with a 4-12 record.
Team-wide struggles didn’t prevent Watson from further establishing himself as an elite signal-caller, though, leading the league in passing yards while making his third consecutive Pro Bowl with the Texans.
Approximately three months later, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee announced plans to file suit against Watson for alleged misconduct against multiple women, a tipping point that caused tens of purported additional victims to later come forward. Watson currently faces 22 active civil suits alleging sexual misconduct during sessions with various massage therapists, interactions that his attorney, Rusty Hardin, insists were all consensual.
In late July, 10 women filed criminal complaints against Watson. The FBI, local authorities and NFL investigators continue to probe the allegations against the quarterback of the Texans.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently reported that the Texans sought a combination of six players and draft picks in exchange for Watson, an asking price refused by interested teams without the inclusion of conditional draft compensation due to the uncertainty of his playing status. Needless to say, the likelihood of the criminal probe into his conduct extending past the trade deadline only makes any potential deal involving Watson more of a longshot.