Many teams are said to be actively monitoring today’s developments in the legal proceedings for Houston Texans Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Pittsburgh Steelers are among the teams most in need of the quarterback position. But would they be willing to pay the price…in draft capital, in ceiling space and in public relations damage – to sue Watson in a trade?
According to ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin, she was told the Steelers were among five teams she was told had either had an interest in Watson for some time or were “watching the outcome of the big deal closely.” jury today”.
Teams I’ve been told have had an interest in Deshaun Watson for some time – and/or are watching today’s grand jury outcome closely:
PHI had expressed interest, but seems to have cooled off lately. https://t.co/28CqiuHyAZ
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) March 12, 2022
These are two quite different things, although one would imagine that if a team is keeping a close eye on a player’s legal proceedings, it is in the knowledge that they might potentially want to try to acquire said player. the other teams Martin mentioned, also noting that the Eagles’ interest in Watson “seems to have cooled off lately.”
Conversely, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Steelers “will not be part of the Deshaun Watson pursuit.” Of course, it’s possible the Steelers watched Watson’s court date closely while deciding not to pursue trade for him.
The Steelers will not be part of this Deshaun Watson pursuit.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2022
Ultimately, we don’t know much more, if anything, than we did a week ago regarding Pittsburgh’s potential interest in Watson. There was Shaun King’s previous report in which he said the destination The player’s “favorite” would be Pittsburgh, but he didn’t offer that Pittsburgh intended to pursue him.
Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract, and he’s looking for a team with a strong head coach, good defense and good offensive line. The Steelers would match two of the three bills, and they could work on the third (the line) this offseason.
It was also said that Watson does not plan to rush into a decision and would like to speak with certain teams first before making a decision. Of course, it is ultimately up to the Texans to pull the trigger on a trade. , but they can only do that with a team for which Watson is willing to waive his no-trade clause.
For what it’s worth, local reports from the Browns also indicate that Cleveland is one of the teams monitoring Watson’s case, although it has yet to determine whether or not it will attempt to trade for the quarterback- back.
Still, it lends some credence to Martin’s roster, and the Panthers have tried to acquire Watson via trade before — he didn’t waive his no-trade clause last season. The Seahawks should also be widely interested.
Meanwhile, local Steelers reporters have consistently and consistently reported that the team is not pursuing Watson, or at least there’s no way it’s happening. Martin’s report is the first report major national seeming to associate Pittsburgh with having any interest in Watson at all.
Update: Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network is now also reporting that the Steelers are not expected to be among the teams that will continue trading for Deshaun Watson. Wilson tends to be among the most reliable with his information in the business. However, that doesn’t mean they didn’t follow his trial, as Martin reported, and it doesn’t mean they can’t race, either, but it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if they abstain.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have not and should not be a player in Deshaun Watson’s trade market, according to multiple league sources.
—Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 12, 2022