Deshaun Watson trade to the Carolina Panthers: How it might look

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is now a focal point around the NFL rumor mill with the situations settled regarding fellow signal callers Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback sat out the entire 2021 campaign after requesting a trade from the Houston texans about this time last year. Watson, 26, was then accused by north of 20 women of sexual misconduct in civil court.

With his off-field situation set to potentially come to a head here in the next few days, it’s being reported that the Carolina Panthers are one of 10 teams interested in acquiring the three-time Pro Bowler. In fact, owner David Tepper is said to be “all in” on the signal caller.

That can’t be considered too much of a surprise given Tepper’s previous interest in Watson ahead of the aforementioned allegations against the quarterback becoming public record.

Now that Carolina has hired Ben McAdoo to take over as offensive coordinator following the firing of Joe Brady, there’s renewed belief that the Panthers will look to add Watson to the mix.

The performance of Sam Darnold in his first season with the organization coupled with Cam Newton’s struggles following his return add more layers to this. With the quarterback market thinning out, something could actually get done in short order. Below, we look at how a Deshaun Watson trade to the Carolina Panthers might look.

 

Carolina Panthers must add players in Deshaun Watson trade

Carolina already yielded its second-round pick and fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to the New York Jets in the ill-fated Sam Darnold trade. Even as much as Darnold’s $18.86 million cap hit for next season is going to hurt, this could have a larger impact.

Houston is said to be demanding multiple first-round picks, other mid-round selections and players in exhange for Watson. On the field, that asking price makes a ton of sense.

Author: Lucy Green