The NFL world has been waiting for over a year to learn what will happen to Deshaun Watson.
With the big game now over, the NFL’s offseason has finally begun for all 32 teams. However, in these early stages, there is one new “event” to put it loosely that everyone will have their eyes on. Deshaun Watson’s deposition date is February 22nd, just a mere eight days away.
As a friendly reminder, depositions are “when the witnesses provide a sworn, out-of-court testimony. Depositions are often used in gathering information as part of the discovery process”. Countless trade proposals have been made repeatedly as the draft class isn’t providing a favorable crop of quarterbacks.
So how does this move forward? First, Watson would have to reach settlements with all 22 women, and then if that doesn’t happen, Watson would have a trial later in May.
Will Deshaun Watson eventually get traded no matter what happens?
It’s hard to say for sure, as Watson has a huge contract, and a team would have to find a way to restructure his base salary in order to fit him on the roster. Another thing is that all the media coverage (depending on where he lands) could also lead to a PR nightmare for that team.
If Watson blew up at reporters during training camp just walking off the field, who knows what will happen if Watson goes to a big media city. The latest team to join the fray of potentially trading for Watson are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa’s media is relatively peaceful when compared to a place like New York or anywhere else. That’s not to say Watson wouldn’t get bombarded with questions, but it may just not be as prevalent. Nevertheless, there will be a lot to watch regarding Watson as the NFL enters the offseason.