Now that Aaron Rodgers is staying with the Packers and Russell Wilson has been traded to the Denver Broncos, there is a new hot name in the league that will be moving, especially after a grand jury announcement.
On Friday, a grand jury declined to indict Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson following a police investigation sparked by lawsuits filed by 22 women who have accused him of sexual assault and harassment. The grand jury’s decision came about a year after the women first filed their suits, accusing Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his penis or kissing them against their will during massage appointments.
After the news, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith had the perfect team for Watson.
Smith literally begged the Steelers to sign the star quarterback.
“Yo Steelers. If there is a way — anyway damnit — to get your hands on @deshaunwatson, could you exhaust every option to do this,” Smith said on Twitter. “Please! Please! With Sugar on top. Pretty please. Yes! I’m begging!!!”
It’s been a long year for Watson as Houston police began investigating him in April 2021 after a criminal complaint was filed. The FBI also was reviewing the allegations.
Watson’s lawyers have said “some sexual activity” happened during some of the massage appointments, but they were consensual and he never coerced anyone.
“We are delighted that the grand jury has looked at the matter thoroughly and reached the same conclusion we did. Deshaun Watson did not commit any crimes and is not guilty of any offenses,” Rusty Hardin, Watson’s lead attorney, said in a statement.
Even before the lawsuits were filed in March 2021, Watson had asked to be traded. The trade request and the lawsuits kept Watson out all last season. The Texans were expected to try and trade Watson this offseason.