NFL Trade Rumors: Carolina Panthers Dreaming of Deshaun Watson Capture

Published 02/20/2021, 5:59 PM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


As analysts had rightly predicted, the NFL quarterback carousel has started its motion in recent weeks. Matthew Stafford’s trade from Detroit Lions to Los Angeles Rams was the first major move in the offseason.

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The latest deal includes experienced QB Carson Wentz, who secured a move away from the Philadelphia Eagles to Frank Reich’s Indianapolis Colts. Is wantaway Houston Texans superstar Deshaun Watson next on the list?

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Carolina Panthers aiming to land Deshaun Watson in the summer?

Watson was one of the top individual performers in the 2020 NFL season. He led the league in passing yards (regular season) but could not prevent the Texans from finishing 3rd in the AFC South above the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He is reportedly ‘unhappy’ with his current organization and is pushing for a move elsewhere this summer. Multiple NFL outfits including the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and even New England Patriots have been linked with his signature. But another team who can enter the race in the coming weeks is the NFC South franchise, Carolina Panthers.

As per reputed ESPN journalist David Newton, the Panthers are moving swiftly in the offseason to clear cap space in order to accommodate a star quarterback such as Deshaun Watson.

They also intend on improving the offensive line ahead of the 2021 season.

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

Pro Bowl DT Kawann Short, DE Stephen Weatherly, S Tre Boston, and P Michael Palardy have all been released in the last week or so.

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That has increased the team’s cap space to $28.473 million, heading into the start of free agency next month. The recent roster moves more than doubled Carolina’s cap space ($8.5 million at the end of the 2020 season).

Previously, the Panthers reportedly tried to negotiate a deal for Matthew Stafford with the Lions. They offered their 2021 8th overall pick, a 5th-round pick, and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in exchange for Stafford.

But after missing out on his services, Watson seems to be their next top target.

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