Philadelphia Eagles may not be desired landing spot for Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson (Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
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Seemingly, all Spring and Summer, the Philadelphia Eagles have been mentioned in rumors involving Deshaun Watson. We’ve been inundated with stories. We’ve read tweets. No one would blame you if you allowed yourselves to believe that some of this has to have some credence.

The question is this. Is Deshaun Watson interested in playing for the Philadelphia Eagles? There are also legitimate arguments, though they aren’t as popular in terms of being talking points, that state that he may not be.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Deshaun Watson soap opera sees its twist.

Watson has a no-trade clause in his current contract, and the only way the Houston Texans can move him is if he makes the decision to waive it. With that being said it appears that any interest the Birds have in getting Deshaun Watson to Philly might be unilateral.

A recent report by Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk 790 in Houston suggests the former Clemson Tiger and College Football Playoff National Championship Game Offensive MVP doesn’t see Philly as somewhere he wants to land.

Here’s a quote.

"Watson would waive his no-trade clause for the Dolphins, according to multiple sources, just as he would have for the Carolina Panthers. However, the Panthers, per sources, are sticking with quarterback Sam Darnold at this time after acquiring him in a trade from the New York Jets. The Denver Broncos are sticking with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater…And the Philadelphia Eagles, whose general manager Howie Roseman has conducted extensive due diligence into Watson’s complicated off-field situation, as have other NFL teams, aren’t one of the teams Watson would waive his no-trade clause for, according to league sources."

For some of you, this is, no doubt, great news as, over the course of the past few months, support for a trade to land Deshaun Watson has dwindled down to a state of being almost nonexistent. Others are still on the fence or they’re on board with the idea.

Those in the latter category see Watson’s unique skillset as being so intriguing that they’re willing to overlook any negative backlash that Watson’s addition might have brought along with it. Still, the debate continues. Landing Watson, more than likely, would mean that the team interested in doing so would need to give up multiple first-round draft choices in order to make that happen.

All of those conversations seem to be exercises in futility now though. If there’s no interest by both parties, this doesn’t work. If Watson winds up being unavailable for Philly down the road, this would have been a colossal mistake.

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For now, things need to stay as they are. The Birds are in a position in which they need to allow Jalen Hurts the opportunity to prove that he can be the guy. If he isn’t, or if anything happens from an injury standpoint, the Philadelphia Eagles have some insurance in Joe Flacco and Gardner Minshew. They would also potentially have three first-round draft choices in 2022 (come on Carson Wentz) if they want to invest draft capital and reignite the ‘quarterback factory’ then. Sorry. It was hard to resist that last comment.