FILE – Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) practices with the team during NFL football practice Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Houston. A judge has declined efforts by attorneys for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to delay all his depositions in connection with lawsuits filed by 22 women who have accused him of sexual assault and harassment. During a court hearing Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, defense attorney Rusty Hardin asked that depositions be delayed until the end of a criminal investigation. (AP Photo/Justin Rex File)
The Commanders are favorites to trade for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson
Watson was on the inactive list throughout last season while facing legal issues
A look at the odds on where Watson will begin the 2022 NFL season can be found below
Deshaun Watson’s career has been in limbo for months but the oddsmakers believe the Houston Texans might be finally ready to trade the star quarterback.
Odds have been posted on which team Watson will be playing for when the 2022 NFL season starts. Among the teams on that list are the Texans, though they are not the favorites.
Deshaun Watson 2022 Team Odds
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints
Las Vegas Raiders
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
New York Giants
New York Jets
New England Patriots
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Chargers
Kansas City Chiefs
Odds as of February 28th at DraftKings
The Washington Commanders are the favorites to land Watson with odds of +300. That means the oddsmakers are giving the Commanders an implied probability of 25% of trading for Watson this upcoming spring or summer.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a 21.05% probability as +375 second choices. Listed at +900, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints have probabilities of 10%.
Watson in Limbo
The Texans made the 26-year-old Watson inactive for all 17 games last season as the three-time Pro Bowl selection has had 22 women file lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault and harassment. Houston police also have an ongoing criminal investigation of the allegations.
YALL DONE FORGOT WHO TF DESHAUN MF WATSON IS 😴😴😴 pic.twitter.com/3bPxX3WGjy
— ℝ (@CommiesPlzWin) February 26, 2022
Watson led the NFL in passing yards in 2020 with 4,823 while also topping the league with 12.6 yards a completion and 8.9 yards an attempt. He completed 70.2% of his passes while throwing for 33 touchdowns and getting intercepted just seven times.
Though Watson was a Pro Bowl selection, the Texans fired general manager and coach Bill O’Brien after an 0-4 start on their way to a 4-12 finish. Watson asked to be traded at the end of the season.
Commanders the Favorites for Watson
The Commanders certainly could use a new starting quarterback to go along with their new nickname in 2022.
Taylor Heinicke was less than impressive in his first season as a starter in 2021, completing 65% of his passes for 3,419 yards with a poor 20-15 touchdown-interception ratio. Washington went 7-8 when Heinicke started, though he has supporters.
take a look at taylor heinicke’s pocket movement on this play –
then look at the off platform throw –
then look at the ball placement where only terry can get it –
and then try and tell me terry doesn’t have a QB.
he has one – and he’s top 20. pic.twitter.com/XEX2KH88nZ
— Lincoln Burkholder (Bryce Young 2023 Heisman🔜) (@JokicPlsWin) February 28, 2022
Ryan Fitzpatrick started the season opener before being injured and Garrett Gilbert also started one game. However, Fitzpatrick is a free agent, Gilbert is a journeyman and Watson would be a major upgrade over Heinicke and backup Kyle Allen.
Adding Watson would help the Commanders’ Super Bowl odds, which are currently +6000.
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Buccaneers Need a Quarterback
Tom Brady’s retirement at the end of the last season leaves a gaping hole at quarterback for the Buccaneers.
At age 44, Brady guided Tampa Bay to a 13-4 regular season record and the NFC South title. He also led the NFL in completions (485), pass attempts (719), passing yards (5,316) and touchdown passes (46).
He’ll be doing a lot of golfing now.
If you take away the Super Bowl rings and the fact that he’s teeing it up in the Pro-Member at Seminole, Tom Brady is just like us!
(Via TonyFrabGolf on IG) pic.twitter.com/bADmgN5P3j
— claire rogers (@kclairerogers) February 28, 2022
Blaine Gabbert is the only other Buccaneers’ QB who saw the field and he mopped up in six games in relief of the seven-time Super Bowl winner, attempting 11 passes. Gabbert has started 48 games in 11 NFL seasons with an ugly record of 13-35.
Steelers, Saints are Fits
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retired after 18 seasons in Pittsburgh at the end of last season. He set every major franchise passing record while leading the Steelers to two Super Bowl victories and being selected to six Pro Bowls.
Standing atop the Steelers’ depth chart now is Mason Rudolph, who is 5-4-1 in 10 career pro starts. However, he is a favorite of coach Mike Tomlin and outgoing general manager Kevin Colbert.
Saying “Mason Rudolph isn’t good” is starting to become one of the most uneducated statements pic.twitter.com/TqZbBny03l
— 🍊 (@SteelersBetta) February 28, 2022
The Saints signed Jameis Winston to replace the retired Drew Brees prior to last season. Winston guided New Orleans to a 5-2 before sustaining a season-ending injury in Week 7.
Though the Saints went 4-1 in utility player Taysom Hill’s five starts at quarterback, they reportedly have some interest in re-signing Winston to stay in Louisiana.
Sam Darnold #Bills QB2 ? 🤔
(Assuming he’s released)
What do we think #BillsMafia ? pic.twitter.com/PCQYdMoNSn
— Jake Jordan (@JakeTheBillsFan) February 26, 2022
Where Does Watson Go?
Despite his legal issues, the buzz keeps growing that Watson will be traded sooner rather than later.
One team that has consistently been linked to Watson is the Carolina Panthers, who are said to be enamored by the former Clemson star. Owner David Tepper desperately wants a franchise quarterback, especially after going 5-12 last season in the failed Sam Darnold experiment.