The NFL’s trade deadline came and went with minimal buzz.
The Los Angeles Rams provided the only fireworks, landing one of the game’s most talented pass rushers in Von Miller on Monday, and the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday added some help for their beleaguered defense by trading with the Pittsburgh Steelers for outside linebacker Melvin Ingram.
But Deshaun Watson remains a Houston Texan. Odell Beckham Jr. remains a Cleveland Brown. And aside from a few smaller deals, the biggest potential trade candidates remained unmoved.
Now comes the second half of the season, and aside from a handful of street free agent signings – or the scooping up of the few veterans released after unsuccessful trade efforts – the NFL’s teams will make their pushes for supremacy with what they have.
Here’s a look at what’s next for some of the teams and figures who either were or could have been the most affected by the deadline.
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Deshaun Watson and the Texans
Although both sides wanted a divorce, general manager Nick Caserio never got the rich offer that he believed the Texans deserve for Watson. Though Watson remains highly coveted, potential suitors struggled with the idea of parting with so much for a player with still-unresolved legal matters hanging over him, as the quarterback still faces 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints from women alleging sexual assault and misconduct.