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Texans QB Deshaun Watson is present for their first training camp practice on Wednesday.
The NFL is still conducting their investigation, and they've said that Watson can practice for the time being. His legal issues are expected to last through the 2021 NFL season, though he has also demanded a trade out of Houston. It's a messy situation, and one that fantasy managers might be best off avoiding until more information is known.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the Texans are now willing to listen to trade offers for star QB Deshaun Watson, but the asking price is at least three first-round picks and more. The NFL hasn’t placed him on the exempt list and the civil cases won’t go to trial this year.
It sounds as if the Texans have been willing to listen to offers for Watson for some time. A player of his caliber is never cheap. The report says, “It’d likely take at least three first-round picks and more.” While Tom Pelissero reports that teams have done their ‘homework’ and he won’t face trial this year, but you have to wonder if the risk outweighs the reward for the team sending at least three first-round picks. Watson is one of the league’s best and young superstars and this is promising news for fantasy football and his availability in 2021. We will bring you updates as more becomes available.
Ian Rapoport is reporting that Texans' quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected to show up for testing to get into Texans' training camp, despite his ongoing frustrations with the organization.
The offseason started with Watson airing out his frustrations with the Texans' organization and demanding a trade. Since then, legal problems have popped up and made his availability for 2021 uncertain. While the legal issues seem to have died down, Watson's ongoing tension with the Texans seems to be at the forefront of conversations once again. Mike Garafolo is reporting that he doesn't expect the NFL to get involved as the cases remain in civil court with no criminal charges. If Watson ends up suiting up for the Texans in 2021, he instantly becomes a top-five fantasy option. Watson could have been fined up to $50,000 per day that he sat out of camp. We will bring you updates as more become available, but this looks promising for Watson's availability this season.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia Wednesday morning and without being prompted stated, "the Eagles are more equipped to make a run at Deshaun Watson than any team out there."
This comment came after Schefter talked about a move the Sixers needed to make this offseason potentially bringing in former Raptor Kyle Lowry. Regarding the allegations surrounding Watson, he went on to state that, "I’m operating under the assumption somehow this will be settled, or he will serve his discipline for the league, or whatever punishment he has coming, whatever is fair and just, once that is done, I just think that at that point in time, whenever it is, when he is deemed ready to play by legal authorities, by the National Football League, to me, the Philadelphia Eagles should be waiting.” The Eagles could potentially have three first-round picks in 2022 and it's unknown whether second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts will pan out as a starter in 2021. Either way, Schefter is always very plugged in, so this is a situation to keep an eye on as we get closer to the start of the 2021 regular season.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports Texans QB Deshaun Watson won't attend OTAs and still wants to be traded.
Pelissero adds that Watson continues to deny wrongdoing related to his recent lawsuits. His legal troubles have certainly "slowed" the process of his trade demands, but Pelissero notes that his position remains the same. The 25-year-old remains a very risky fantasy option to rely on for 2021.
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