Deshaun Watson last played in the NFL in 2020 but he is a top trade target for quarterback-needy teams. A grand jury heard sexual assault accusations levied against Watson by female massage therapists but Watson was not indicted.
The Houston Texans finished the 2020 season 4-12 with Watson. In January 2021, upset with the direction of the franchise, he asked for a trade. Watson sat out the entire 2021 season after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced. The Texans stumbled to another four-win season (4-13).
With Watson cleared of criminal charges and the NFL Draft on April 28, many believe Watson will be traded soon. Some sportsbooks already have odds for Watson’s next team.
Deshaun Watson next team odds
Watson said in part to the Houston Chronicle:
“We’re going to continue, on the legal side, I’ll fulfill, handle what we need to handle, but also ready to get back on the field. Been prepping for that and ready to go for that.”
Watson was not placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List since the league never came to any conclusions that a major violation occurred. NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said in a statement the league has “been closely monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under review of the personal conduct policy.”
Deshaun Watson trade odds according to BetMGM (After Brady news)
(next NFL team to play a snap for, all bets void if stays with Texans)
- Panthers +200
- Saints +200
- Seahawks +350
- Steelers +750
- Browns +1000
- Eagles +2000
- Dolphins +3000
- Giants +3000
- Full odds listed on app
Before Tom Brady announced he was not retiring, the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s odds to trade for Watson were +400. Since posting Deshaun Watson next team odds, the Panthers moved from +300 to +200. The Saints jumped from +800 to +450.
MaximBet Deshaun Watson next team odds
(odds as of March 15. MaximBet in Colorado)
- Carolina Panthers +250
- New Orleans Saints +500
- Seattle Seahawks +500
- Cleveland Browns +500
- Philadelphia Eagles +800
- Pittsburgh Steelers +1400
Wagering on a player’s next destination is not offered at any Pennsylvania sports betting apps. However, some sportsbooks in other states offer “next team” props for free agents and trade targets.
Who will be the Steelers starting quarterback in 2022?
Ben Roethlisberger retired after 18 seasons leaving the Steelers with a big question at quarterback. The NFL offseason has already been a big one for quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers signed a four-year, $200 million extension with the Packers. The Seattle Seahawks shipped Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos moving their Super Bowl odds to +2500 to +1200. The Washington Commanders acquired Colts QB Carson Wentz in a trade but it had no impact on their odds.
The oddsmakers at FanDuel do not think that the quarterbacks currently on the Steelers roster will be their Week 1 starter in 2022.
2022 Steelers starting quarterback odds at FanDuel
- Mason Rudolph (+400)
- Dwayne Haskins (+1200)
- Any other quarterback -500
Eagles starting quarterback in 2022
Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman gave quarterback Jalen Hurts a big vote of confidence in early March. He said “there’s no doubt about it” that Hurts is their guy. He also likened Carson Wentz to “fingers on your hand” and then traded him shortly after…so take it with a grain of salt.
Right after the news about Watson broke, ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky tweeted “I’ll bet Philly.”
Veteran NFL reporter Derrick Gunn said:
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