NFL Insider Backs Philadelphia Eagles as Frontrunners to Land Deshaun Watson

Published 05/11/2021, 11:07 AM EDT
Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Trade talks surrounding Deshaun Watson first emerged when the Houston Texans apparently did not consult the QB before hiring a new Head Coach and GM. 

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The franchise that suffered a dramatic fall from grace last season saw them firing their former Head Coach and GM Bill O’Brien just 5 games into the 2020 season. 

The franchise lost all of their 5 games under O’Brien and finished the season with a 4-12 record. But the team did have one silver lining through the campaign. 

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Despite the team failing to make a positive impression, QB Deshaun Watson definitely grabbed some eyeballs. Raking up over 4,800 passing yards and a career-high of 33 touchdowns; the QB was the team’s shining light in what was a disastrous campaign. 

But several off-field incidents have now put Watson’s future in jeopardy. While the NFL is yet to take any action against the QB facing a run-in with the law, it’s unlikely that Deshaun Watson will take to the field in 2021. 

Deshaun Watson might land up in Philly

Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, NFL insider Peter King said he feels the Eagles are a franchise that are likely to make a move for Watson if he is in the clear to play in 2022.

 

“I think it’s probably more likely than not that they’ll (Eagles) be looking for a quarterback at some point this year or next. So that’s why I put them there. They’ve got all the resources to do so,” said King.

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But all that King believes depends on how well the young QB Jalen Hurts performs in 2021. 

“Jalen Hurts has the job in his hands. If he plays great, then I doubt the Eagles are gonna go get a quarterback.”

King also highlighted how the franchise could benefit from such a scenario in the years to come.

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“They will then have the true luxury of having a quarterback on his rookie deal for the next two years… They can have a quarterback on a rookie deal with all of these high picks. And probably two years from now, the money to spend in free agency on missing pieces,” he added. 

Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) walks off the field after a loss to the Minnesota Vikings at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Whether Deshaun Watson is able to find his way onto the field in 2022 remains a mystery, but if he were to play again, which team do you think should make a move for the QB?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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