The Panthers have cleared $19.9M in cap space this week by cutting Kawann Short, Stephen Weatherly, Tre Boston, and Michael Palardy. David Newton with ESPN is reporting that "The Panthers, per a source, plan to make a strong run at Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson if the Texans grant the former Clemson star his wish to be traded." (ESPN)
This week has been surrounded by rumors regarding Watson's desire for a trade. There has been a lot of smoke coming from Carolina, including Newton's bold prediction that the Panthers would be willing to part with Christian McCaffrey and three first-round picks. While a trade is far from imminent, this is a situation that should be closely monitored. Watson has said that he will not play in Houston next season, and the Texans are saying that they will not trade the 25-year-old superstar quarterback. With Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz both getting their requested trades, the Texans may be more likely to listen to offers. With the NFL Draft just about two months away, the Texans may want to get some extra picks in 2021 if they're heading towards a full-blown rebuild. Watson, who made an immediate impact as a rookie, is coming off his best season as a pro, passing for a league-best 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for an additional 444 yards and three touchdowns. With the midseason firing of the head coach and General Manager Bill O'Brien though, the Texans finished 4-12, and Watson made his demands for a trade known publicly.