Several teams have been rumored to be after Deshaun Watson, but one of them are truly making their intentions clear with their actions.
Over the past few weeks, the Carolina Panthers have cleared over $24 million in cap space. Per OverTheCap they now have over $35 million in cap space.
$35 million is the exact amount of guaranteed salary that Watson is owed in 2022.
The Panthers aren’t committed to Sam Darnold — who had a 4-7 record in 2021 — as their starter for the 2022 season even though they are locked into him for about $18.9 million because of his fifth-year option.
As you know, the three-time Pro Bowl selection did not play last season while facing 22 civil suits and 10 criminal complaints alleging sexual assault and inappropriate conduct.
The number of teams pursuing Watson reportedly grew on Friday when a grand jury in Houston declined to indict Watson on the criminal charges, leaving the civil suits with accusations of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct during massage sessions against him.
He has been ready to move on from the Texans and the franchise is ready to get their load of draft picks to rebuild after his departure.