In keeping with CBS Sports activities NFL reporter Jason La Canfora, the Bucs is likely to be concerned within the pursuit of Deshaun Watson. On Friday, the Houston Texans star quarterback was cleared of prison prices associated to sexual misconduct allegations towards him. Watson continues to be the topic of twenty-two lively civil fits accusing him of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. However, with prison prices off the desk, his commerce market ought to warmth up.
In a current tweet, La Canfora indicated the Bucs may very well be amongst Watson’s suitors.
There are many folks within the Bucs group who would aggressively pursue Deshaun Watson. Rival GMs imagine they are going to be an element on this
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2022
Pewter Report reported just lately that the Bucs have accomplished intensive digging into Deshaun Watson this offseason. Scott Reynolds wrote in a current Fab 5 column that the Bucs weren’t with out concern. Nevertheless, the current change in Watson’s scenario may pique the crew’s curiosity once more.
After all, the Bucs gained’t be alone in any potential pursuit of Watson. The Seahawks and Panthers are anticipated to be probably the most aggressive groups for his companies. However the Saints, Browns and Bucs are additionally events. Numerous studies have additionally included the Steelers, Eagles and Colts.
Nevertheless it’s vital to keep in mind that Watson does have a no-trade clause. He doesn’t have all of the leverage in commerce negotiations, nevertheless it’s fairly shut. The Texans don’t wish to pay him $35 million to sit down on the bench once more this season. They want the belongings that come from buying and selling him, and having him sit longer will solely depreciate his worth. Due to that, anticipate Watson to have a big say in his remaining vacation spot.
Does the crew have a superb head coach? A great offensive line? A great protection? These are three standards (in no particular order) I have been informed Deshaun Watson is searching for in his subsequent crew.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) March 11, 2022
Bucs & Baker?
In the meantime, Tampa Bay Occasions beat reporter Rick Stroud additionally tweeted that the Bucs have accomplished their due diligence on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Cleveland sign caller is getting into his fifth-year possibility season, carrying a cap cost of $18 million. Nevertheless it’s extremely unlikely the Bucs would commerce for an $18 million, one-year rental at QB, particularly given how Mayfield has struggled.
There are only a few out there quarterbacks the Bucs haven’t inquired about this offseason. After all, that doesn’t imply they’ll make a commerce or main signing to accumulate any of them. Tampa Bay is just a quarterback-needy crew surveying the market to see what the asking costs are. Proper now, the Bucs don’t seem near pulling the set off on any important transfer. We’ll see if that adjustments, particularly because it pertains to Watson.