Deshaun Watson will not be joining the Philadelphia Eagles.
Despite their very serious interest in him, Watson was not willing to waive his no-trade clause for Philly.
Though likely frustrated they couldn’t acquire him (or at least even get a meeting with him), the Eagles will at least be happy to know Watson isn’t joining the NFC. Eagles fans, meanwhile, will be relieved they don’t have to root for a team that employs a player with some serious allegations made against him. Watson was cleared of criminal charges last week but he is still subject to discipline as it relates to 1) pending civil lawsuits and 2) the NFL potentially doling out a suspension.
In addition to giving up assets to acquire Watson, the Browns are also reportedly signing him to a five-year, $230 million contract that is fully guaranteed. Wow.
With Watson officially out of play, Jalen Hurts is further cemented as the Eagles’ starting quarterback for the 2022 season.
Hurts and the Eagles will face Watson and the Browns in joint training camp practices ahead of their preseason game this summer.
Browns and Texans still are finalizing official trade compensation for Deshaun Watson, but it is expected to include three first-round picks, a third-round pick and potentially a fifth-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2022
Five picks for Watson.