The Bucs seek for Tom Brady’s alternative is barely underway, and already rumors are swirling. In response to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has the Bucs atop his record of desired commerce locations. That record additionally contains the Vikings, who’re going via a little bit of a re-tooling this offseason.
Watson spent the 2021 season with the Texans, however didn’t play a single snap. As soon as some of the beloved and revered gamers within the NFL, 22 civil instances of sexual assault or inappropriate conduct filed by ladies final offseason left the star quarterback in shame. Watson has barely been seen publicly for the reason that allegations surfaced. Fowler writes:
Watson is the defendant in 22 civil instances filed by ladies in 4 states alleging sexual assault or inappropriate conduct throughout therapeutic massage periods. His authorized points stay unresolved, and whether or not the league suspends him beneath the non-public conduct coverage is unsure. The expectation league-wide, nonetheless, is that the Texans will as soon as once more discover commerce choices for Watson, probably across the begin of the brand new league yr March 16 or the NFL draft in late April.
Bucs Doing Homework On Watson
It was reported final week by Ian Rapoport that the Bucs are doing “in depth homework” on Watson. That’s no shock, as Tampa Bay possible hasn’t seemed into his state of affairs beforehand, in contrast to different groups. Clearly the Bucs will look at all choices in looking for a prime quarterback. They know the franchise is presently in a contending window, and wish to maximize that window with a star sign caller.
However Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract. So he should be offered on Tampa Bay over different locations. Regardless, it’s tough to think about a commerce till after Watson’s authorized state of affairs is resolved. The previous first-round decide may nonetheless face prison prices and a prolonged suspension by the NFL. And the Texans’ rumored asking value has been three first spherical picks after which some. They’re clearly content material to carry onto Watson till groups really feel comfy paying up. Don’t count on that to be anytime earlier than the beginning of the brand new league yr.