Fresh market: What are the trade options for Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson

HOUSTON — Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will not face criminal charges. A grand jury returned nine criminal complaint bills introduced Friday afternoon in downtown Houston.

With Watson cleared of criminal charges, the Texans could trade their disgruntled quarterback before the start of the league’s new year on Wednesday. Watson requested a trade from the Texans in January 2021.

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With criminal charges no longer possible, is there a new market for the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback?

“I will continue to fight to rebuild my name and rebuild my appearance in the community,” Watson said. “We’re going to continue on the legal side to deal with what we have to deal with. But I’m also ready to get back on the pitch. I’m preparing for that and I’m ready to go.”

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After trading Russell Wilson on Tuesday, Pro Football Network reported the Seahawks could trade for Watson with assets obtained from the Denver Broncos.

Other teams expected to pursue Watson are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers. Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract and must waive it before the Texans can make a deal.

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Due to Watson’s off-field issues, trade suitors have come and gone.

New York Giants co-owner John Mara said the franchise is committed to current starting quarterback Daniel Jones. After making the playoffs in 2021, Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman remained adamant about keeping Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback. And Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier recently closed the door on their pursuit of the year for Watson.

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