It may not happen anytime in the immediate future, but the general consensus seems to be that Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans are set to part ways.
Pretty much every team is set at quarterback for now and Watson’s legal issues have no end in sight, meaning that things could be in a holding pattern for now. However, NFL Insider Peter King thinks there are two teams who still have plenty of interest in bringing in the former Clemson quarterback before the start of the 2022 season.
“I think predicting the future of Deshaun Watson is fraught with, well, it’s impossible. I just think by a year from today he’ll have a new home. This is a gut feeling. It’s impossible to predict the future with so many legal issues involved. And depending on the outcome of the cases, several teams might not want to even think about Watson, and rightfully so. If he’s free to play football unencumbered by legal issues in 2022, here are my odds on Watson’s next football team, with a tie at the top: 3-1: Philadelphia. A likely need, plus Eagles are in perfect position to deal with three first-round picks (if Carson Wentz plays three-quarters of the Indy season). 3-1: Carolina. Owner David Tepper would find the resources to do a deal.”Peter King
The Eagles and Panthers have both been linked to Watson multiple times throughout the offseason, although, like King said, with so many unknowns at the moment, it’s impossible to know what will happen.
Only one thing looks to be certain and that is the fact that the marriage between the Texans and Watson is over. Houston has signed Teddy Bridgewater and Ryan Finley and used their first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft on quarterback Davis Mills out of Stanford, a player the organization seems very high on.