The Houston Texans are “still open to trading” superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson in advance of the 2021 NFL season, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini (h/t Bleacher Report).
Watson is still waiting for the legal process to play out for numerous civil suits filed against him for alleged sexual misconduct. Until all that is resolved, it’s difficult to envision a trade getting done.
However, based on the latest buzz coming out of Houston, it sounds like the Texans haven’t given up in their efforts to move the NFL’s reigning passing champion. Either teams are still negotiation with Houston, or the Texans leaked this latest information to let prospective suitors know they’re still open for business.
One team Watson reportedly wants to play for is the Denver Broncos, which is a most obvious landing spot. The fact that Aaron Rodgers continues to hold out in hopes of a trade from the Green Bay Packers complicates the Watson situation and limits his landing spots.
But let’s take a look at a few destinations for Watson that aren’t being talked about as much, yet would make sense.
Deshaun Watson to Las Vegas Raiders
It’s rather surprising that the Raiders aren’t discussed more as a landing spot for Watson. They aren’t exactly in the running for any Citizenship Award superlatives based on their decision to still employ Richie Incognito, and their prior chances taken on Vontaze Burfict and Antonio Brown.
To be clear, we don’t know the full truth of the allegations about Watson, but nevertheless, Las Vegas has a recent history of risky personnel moves where off-field question marks are present.
No matter what the Raiders say publicly, too, they just don’t seem that invested in Derek Carr. It’s as if head coach Jon Gruden is always looking for someone better despite Carr’s continued high level of play.