Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson could be dealt before Tuesday’s trade deadline and the Panthers are one of multiple teams interested in the three-time Pro Bowler.
Carolina is expected to make a push for the disgruntled Texans QB and they’re willing to include star running back Christian McCaffrey in a potential deal according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
“League sources said the Panthers are willing to part with three high picks and All Pro running back Christian McCaffrey in a package for Watson,” La Canfora wrote. “The Texans are very high on several of the Panthers’ young defensive standouts (still on their rookie contracts and younger and cheaper than McCaffrey), and the sides have yet to reach a compromise.”
McCaffrey was once one of the most dominating players at his position, but his stock has plummeted due to injuries. He’s only appeared in six games combined over the past two seasons.
However, those three high picks and a star like McCaffrey could be more than any other team is willing to offer the Texans at this point.
Despite there being plenty of interest in him, Watson’s off the field issues could keep him from being traded. He is currently facing civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct against 22 women.
The NFL has not shown they willpunish him or keep him off the field this season if traded.
Houston is reportedly “hopeful” about a potential Watson deal ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.