One of the biggest stories in the early stages of the 2021 NFL offseason was the fate of Deshaun Watson. Amid strife within the Houston Texans organization, Watson had demanded a trade and didn’t seem like he was going to return to the team. He was done with them.
Then, a variety of disturbing legal issues came up surrounding Watson. He is currently facing 22 cases of sexual misconduct, and those are in the process of being litigated now. As such, the likelihood that he is moved with those legal issues pending is slim to none, especially considering that he could land on the Commissioner’s Exempt list.
But before all of this came to a head, Watson was drawing interest from many teams. That included the Washington Football Team.
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Washington Football Team was interested in Deshaun Watson
According to Houston Chronicle sportswriter John McClain, Washington was one of eight teams that had shown an interest in Watson. The others were the Jets, Dolphins, Panthers, Broncos, 49ers, Patriots, and Bears.
This isn’t a surprise at all. Watson is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL and it’s rare that a talent like him would become available at any point. So, it makes sense that any and every quarterback-needy team that could have targeted Watson would at least consider him.
Watson would’ve been a massive upgrade for Washington, but he would have cost them a pretty penny. As McClain detailed, an offer for Watson “ideally, would have included at least three first-round picks, two second-round picks and a defensive starter” if Nick Caserio could create a bidding war for his services.
In addition to the draft capital, Washington would’ve likely had to move someone like Daron Payne or Kam Curl to appease the Texans. It may have been worth it, but it would be hard to say for sure.
That said, with the legal troubles surrounding Watson, that’s all moot now. No team will want to give up a huge package for him with questions surrounding his status and character.
We’re just going to have to wait and see how the Watson situation unfolds. But until then, it doesn’t seem likely that he’s going anywhere. However, if things clear up in the future, expect the Washington Football Team to be among those interested in the talented, young quarterback.