Just one day away from Deshaun Watson’s second deposition date, the interest from the NFL is growing.
Another day, another new wrinkle in the Deshaun Watson situation. Earlier this morning, Shaun King said that Deshaun Watson’s preferred destination is the Pittsburgh Steelers. This comes just less than 24 hours after it was reported that the Seattle Seahawks were rumored to be in trade talks for Watson.
Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network is now reporting that the number of teams interested has shot up to a total of ten. That’s a lot more than anyone expected after the Russell Wilson trade. A few of those teams were listed, including:
- Carolina Panthers
- Seattle Seahawks
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- New Orleans Saints
The rest were not named. It’s funny to see the Panthers on that list, as they are one of the few teams left from the original list of Deshaun Watson suitors. Carolina has sat put and watched others fall off. It could be quite the strategy for the Panthers if it pays off.
Which teams have the most attractive trade package for Deshaun Watson?
Seattle has their two first-round picks they just received from the Denver Broncos. The Saints have a bunch of playmakers that need to be shipped away to save cap space. The Steelers have really only one player to offer in a trade: Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Houston could try for Najee Harris, but given Fitzpatrick’s history with Brian Flores, he may ask for another trade to get away from Flores once again. If Nick Caserio is reading this, getting a trade done with either Seattle or New Orleans would be the best course of action.
Seattle at least has two good receivers to pick from, along with their draft capital. New Orleans could swing a player-centric trade with fewer draft picks to Houston.
Friday will give us more clarity on what will happen with Watson.