Teams were hesitant to inquire about the Texans quarterback because of a lack of legal clarity, but Friday’s ruling will likely open the door to offers.
Either way, the market is expected to be robust for Watson. Seattle, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and New Orleans are among those that could have the firepower to deal for Watson, who has a no-trade clause.
Watson first requested a trade after the 2020 season, before any of the lawsuits were filed, and Texans GM Nick Caserio was then committed to keeping the team’s franchise quarterback. As Watson’s legal situation worsened, Caserio’s stance on trading Watson softened. But without clarity, either legally or from the league, it became difficult for Houston to get what it saw as a fair return for Watson.
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