According to Molly Baker Cuculich of KHOU, Texans QB Deshaun Watson has been officially cleared of criminal charges by a Harris County grand jury.
This changes absolutely everything when it comes to Watson being traded.
Watson faced nine accusations and non were found to be criminal. However, Albert Breer notes that Watson’s 22 lawsuits are still pending but today’s ruling by the grand jury is a “very significant development” and a step towards the quarterback being traded.
Watson was close to being traded to the Dolphins at the trade deadline last season but talks fell apart because Miami was only willing to do a deal if Watson settled all cases against him. The team has already made it clear that they have moved on from him.
The Texans had hoped to have a resolution on Watson by the start of the 2022 league year on March 16.
In 2020, Watson appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
He was a healthy scratch in 2021.