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Panthers, Saints Reportedly Make Offers for Watson

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Browns QB Deshaun Watson

If the Steelers were serious about trading for DeShaun Watson, then they will have to pay an enormous price according to Tom Pelissero. Though according to Ian Rapoport, the only two teams to have made an offer for Watson thus far are the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers.

Watson was recently told that he wouldn’t be facing criminal charges following a police investigation sparked by lawsuits filed by 22 different women who have accused him of sexual assault and harassment. Interested teams in the NFL were reportedly waiting to acquire Watson until after the criminal investigation was concluded especially considering that the Houston Texans never once lowered their high asking price.

The Texans have been known to have been seeking at least three first round picks in a trade for Watson. He has a no-trade clause, but will waive it to leave Houston. The Texans have allowed Watson to meet with the interested teams to see which one he would waive his no-trade clause for.

Shaun King recently reported that the Steelers would acquire Watson once the criminal investigation was finished. While he did double-down on his report, many in the NFL media world disagreed with King’s reporting with some as going as far as to saying that the Steelers had no interest in Watson.

Regardless, whoever ends up acquiring Watson will have to pay a larger price than what the Denver Broncos gave up for Russell Wilson. And assuming the team to acquire Watson isn’t the Steelers, a Watson trade will help make the Steelers’ options at quarterback more clear as another team ends their quarterback search.

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