On Sunday, it was reported that the Houston Texans have set a tentative “target” for the almost inevitable, a trade of Deshaun Watson before the NFL’s 2022 league year – and the start of free agency – begins March 16, according to NFL insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
“The Houston prosecutor handling 10 criminal complaints filed against Watson is expected to make clear her stance on any potential charges sometime in the next several weeks and turn over the case to a grand jury, sources say. Depositions have also begun for the 22 women who accused Watson of sexual misconduct in civil court; Watson’s deposition can take place no sooner than Feb. 22 and a pre-trial conference is set for May. Watson has denied wrongdoing.”
Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported in October the Texans and Miami Dolphins were close on a deal that would’ve netted the Texans at least three first-round picks. However, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross “wants his legal issues resolved” and required a level of clarity as to any suspension Watson might receive from the NFL.
The league is still investigating the allegations. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported in September the NFL “hasn’t made a decision about Watson because it doesn’t have to make a decision about Watson.”
For the 17th-straight game, Watson was inactive for the Texans in 2021. Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor have split starting duties. Mills has gotten the bulk of the starts (10), throwing for 2,363 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The three-time Pro Bowler is unlikely to have another season like 2021. He will either suit back up for the Texans, or he’ll be playing for another team.
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