NFL undecided on Deshaun Watson decision if he's traded, Texans seek massive haul: reports


It appears the Houston Texans keep getting closer each week to trading Deshaun Watson but whether he could actually put on pads and play in a game for a team is still up in the air.

Watson is facing nearly two dozen civil lawsuits alleging sexual assaults and a handful of police complaints about the incidents but has yet to be charged. The Texans have not played him this season, opting to keep him as a healthy scratch amid trade talks and his sketchy legal status.

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According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL is still undecided on what to do with Watson.

In this Dec. 27, 2020, file photo, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson throws a pass during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Houston.

In this Dec. 27, 2020, file photo, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson throws a pass during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Houston.
(AP Photo/Matt Patterson, File)

The quarterback could go on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, which would essentially suspend him with pay until their own investigation into the allegations against him are complete. But he would be the first active player to be on the list without actually being charged with a crime.

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The league “doesn’t know what the decision will be” if he’s traded, according to Pro Football Talk. The only thing that’s certain is the “NFL will make a decision when a decision needs to be made.”

FILE- In an Aug. 2, 2021 file photo, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson practices with the team during NFL football practice in Houston.

FILE- In an Aug. 2, 2021 file photo, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson practices with the team during NFL football practice in Houston.
(AP Photo/Justin Rex)

It could be coming sooner rather than later.

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly been hot on Watson’s tail, no matter how many times Brian Flores iterates his support for Tua Tagovailoa.

FOX’s NFL insider Jay Glazer said Sunday the Dolphins were still “very heavily engaged” in trade talks with Houston for Watson.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) talks to head coach Brian Flores during the first half of a NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) talks to head coach Brian Flores during the first half of a NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Glazer said the Texans are looking for three first-round picks plus two additional picks for Watson.

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