The talks surrounding where Deshuan Watson could possibly end up in a trade may have cooled off a bit, but that does not mean he lessened his stance on wanting out of Houston.
One team that has been linked to Watson quite a bit this offseason is the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater to a multi-year deal last offseason, but just one year with him under center has the team ready to move on to someone else.
On SportsCenter, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Panthers are very interested in Watson, and that interest is indeed mutual for various reasons.
“The Carolina Panthers, they are inclined to big-game hunt for Deshaun Watson if he’s available,” Fowler said, via 247Sports. “Nothing yet, but I’m told Watson would at least be intrigued by the option of Carolina. A good, nice, young team, aggressive owner, close to his hometown of Gainesville, Georgia. They’ll certainly look at that. But they have Teddy Bridgewater as their fallback.
Bleacher Report’s Alex Kay predicted wrote last week that the disgruntled QB would wind up with the Panthers for the 2021 season and beyond.
“The Panthers are one of the more intriguing spots for Watson to land, as the club can offer up a strong package that includes star running back Christian McCaffrey, a capable stopgap quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, young standouts who are still on their rookie deals and a plethora of picks highlighted by the No. 8 overall selection in the upcoming draft,” Kay wrote.
For now, the Texans front office have maintained they are not taking calls on Watson at all.