Deshaun Watson will get to pick the next team he plays for. Why is that, you may wonder? Well, he has a no trade clause in his contract. The Houston Texans quarterback has not been given any clarity on his NFL future, but yesterday, Lovie Smith said he would like to make sure the situation is dealt with soon.
While Watson remains under criminal investigation as well as a civil case for alleged sexual assault, Watson would like to have a clearer picture for his career.
That could happen soon. Today, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler stated that Watson has been eyeing teams that would be a great fit for him and both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings are on his radar.
The Vikings have a new head coach and while Kirk Cousins is still under contract, the team may want to start fresh. Kevin O’Connell being a quarterback himself may want to add Deshaun Watson as their quarterback. Think of this, Watson with Dalvin Cook, Irv Smith, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. I am sorry, but that is much better than what they have right now.
The Buccaneers however have been doing their homework on the young former Clemson quarterback. There were reports recently from Ian Rapoport that the Buccaneers are keeping tabs on Watson.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians is 69. Assuming Brady is not coming back, it would make sense for Tampa Bay to pursue a trade for a star QB. It’s doubtful that Arians wants to be part of a total rebuild at this stage in his career.