Trade rumors bring up the question if Deshaun Watson could be playing for the Steelers in 2022?
There are even more Deshaun Watson trade rumors taking place this week and the newest one involves a former NFL quarterback saying he’s knows where the Texans quarterback will land.
Shaun King via his official Twitter page said the Texans could be trading Deshaun Watson to the Pittsburgh Steelers, if “all goes well on Friday” for Watson, as Watson does have some off-the-field legal issues.
Here is the tweet from King about Watson and possibly joining the Steelers via trade:
It seems a bit of a stretch as the Steelers aren’t ones to trade away their draft picks for anyone, even if they are looking for a new franchise quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger retiring following the 2021 season.
The Steelers are a good team as Mike Tomlin coached his Steelers to the playoffs, an he continued his yearly success of making Pittsburgh a contender.
Sure, when he’s healthy and on the field Deshaun Watson is one of the very best quarterbacks in the entire NFL, but his legal issues aren’t doing him any favors when it comes to a trade being completed.
To offset what King tweeted, Gary Dilac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had this to say about the Deshaun Watson rumors to the Steelers:
It is tough to see any type of trade happening with the Steelers because they don’t have multiple first-round picks, and they won’t be trading away any of their top players, because again the Steelers don’t do that, it is that simple.
Deshaun Watson rumors: Will a trade happen before the 2022 NFL Draft?
The quarterback shakeup this week has been exciting to see take place with Russell Wilson traded to the Denver Broncos, Drew Lock traded to the Seattle Seahawks and Carson Wentz going from the Indianapolis Colts to the Washington Commanders.
All of those trades just make the market better for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans when he’s eventually traded because the return that the Seahawks received for Wilson only means the Texans might actually get all they want for Watson.
That takes us back to the trade with the Steelers and how there is no way that franchise would ever trade that many draft picks and players for Watson. It just doesn’t fit their tradition of mostly keeping their first-round picks every year.
There are still some teams who could be interested in Watson like the Carolina Panthers, maybe the Philadelphia Eagles or another team that just waiting to make their move once Watson’s legal issues are sorted out.
There is also the Seahawks rumored to be interested as they do need a quarterback after trading Wilson to the Broncos. Any way you put it, there are teams still waiting on a Watson decision away from football so a decision can be made about him on the football field.
When a trade is eventually made, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Seahawks would make the deal since they have all that new draft capital from the Broncos, and the Texans are in need of all the first-round picks they can get.
It makes sense for Seattle because Watson is in his mid-20s, but so much has to still happen for any type of deal with that much on the line for any trade involving Deshaun Watson to occur.