The twisted sweepstakes can begin.
A day after a Texas jury ruled Deshaun Watson will not be prosecuted Related to nine allegations of sexual misconduct by massage therapists, reports are emerging of potential landing spots for the electric quarterback – who still faces civil lawsuits from 22 massage therapists accusing him of sexual misconduct.
A league source said ESPN Saturday that the Panthers will make an “aggressive” offer for the 26-year-old Texas quarterback.
Carolina, who traded for Sam Darnold last offseason before the former Jet had an up-and-down — mostly bad — season with the Panthers, had made a run at Watson early last offseason before the allegations surfaced.
Many teams appear to be in the market for the three-time Pro Bowler, who didn’t play at all last season amid the litigation. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealerthe Browns – who have struggled through an 8-9 season behind an inconsistent Baker Mayfield – have “done their homework” on Watson, although it’s unclear if they will go after him.
Other teams reportedly and potentially linked to the star include the Seahawks (who are currently traded Russell Wilson to the Broncos), the Saints, Vikings, Bucanneers, Cardinals, Steelers, Eagles and Colts. The level of interest is not yet known. In January, Giants co-owner John Mara said, “We’re not trading for Deshaun Watson.”
Also not yet known is Watson’s interest in playing for a suitor. He has a no-trade clause and a contract that guarantees him $35 million this season.
Whether Watson could play for his new team immediately after a swap (which can only be completed with the start of the new league year on Wednesday) is also not yet known. Although Watson was out for the whole of last season, it wasn’t the league’s doing. The NFL can suspend him if it believes he violated the league’s personal code of conduct.
Watson has been accused of sexually assaulting or harassing various massage therapists, embarrassing himself without consent, and coercing women into sexual acts. He has denied all allegations.
“If you stand on the TRUTH, the LORD will DELIVER you!” Watson tweeted Friday with Praying Hands Emoji.
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