Several media members and fans were pushing the Philadelphia Eagles to trade for Deshaun Watson, but the quarterback had very good reasoning for not dealing with the franchise.
As it turns out, it was the quarterback’s relationship with Eagles star Jalen Hurts that was the sole reason he did not ask for a trade to Philly.
According to reports, Deshaun Watson didn’t want to take Jalen Hurts’ starting quarterback position away from him in Philadelphia, which is why he refused to waive his no-trade clause to join the Eagles, according to John McMullen of Philly Voice.
“The interesting part is why Watson was so steadfast in his refusal to come to Philadelphia from start to finish in this entire saga. The principles aren’t going on record anytime soon but the strongly held belief around the league is that Watson’s aversion to the Eagles had to do with his loyalty to Jalen Hurts.”
“Sources familiar with Watson’s sentiments pointed to the relationship built between the two players in the offseason through the connection of working with the same QB trainer, Quincy Avery.”
Even if Watson had waived his clause, would Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie have opened up the checkbook and paid Deshaun $230 million fully guaranteed? That might be a hard no.
Up until Friday, the Falcons were preparing for Deshaun Watson to come to Atlanta. Then, suddenly, Watson’s agent went back to the Cleveland Browns and they sweetened their offer…and here we are.
With all that in the books, it looks like it’ll be Jalen Hurts under center for the Eagles for the foreseeable future.
The Browns may have Watson, but the QB could still face a suspension from the league, despite criminal charges never being presented towards him after last Friday’s ruling.