The 2021 NFL season is fast approaching and it seems there’s still nowhere close to a resolution on Deshaun Watson’s sexual assault/harassment allegations.
Training camp is just two weeks away and it’s unclear what’s going to happen to the Houston Texans star quarterback given the extremely troubling circumstances.
Trade rumors continue to float around because, prior to all of this, Watson had expressed he wanted out of Houston, but the Texans said they had no plans to move their franchise QB.
That may no longer be the case, however, because the Texans cannot continue to be a factory for bad headlines and organizational strife. Due to their dysfunction, the Indianapolis Colts could luck out after it was revealed an NFC team might be best equipped to acquire Watson regardless of the current situation.
Here’s what ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic:
"“The Eagles are more equipped to make a run at Deshaun Watson than any other team out there. And if you put Deshaun Watson on the Philadelphia Eagles they become a Super Bowl contender right away.“I’m operating under the assumption this will be settled. And when he is deemed able to play, the Philadelphia Eagles will be waiting.”"
Schefter added: “I don’t think he plays for the Texans again.”
The Philadelphia Eagles possibly helping us out again … who would have thought?
The current Deshaun Watson trade rumors could help the Colts a lot.
Now, we’re not sitting here celebrating the fact that Watson’s alleged heinous behavior has deteriorated his relationship with the Texans and it could force him out of the division. The fact of the matter is that in the NFL, we’ve seen (far too many times) players constantly escaping troubling legal situations or being let off the hook when it was clear discipline should’ve been the primary course of action.
And for a player of Watson’s caliber, we can almost expect the league to sit back and not take strict action. Sure, the NFL is progressing in the right direction (slowly), but we can’t forget the unforgivable mishandling of the Greg Hardy and Ray Rice cases.
The best-case scenario here is getting Watson out of the division and conference, by any means necessary. Forget about the impact on the field — yes, facing him twice a year, or even once, is among the toughest of challenges — but wouldn’t it be great if the Colts can avoid having their games be overshadowed by Watson’s allegations and the Texans’ organizational ineptitude?
Yeah, so Watson being sent out of the AFC South and AFC altogether would benefit Indianapolis from a PR perspective as well. And we hope it happens if he’s allowed to play in 2021.