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Deshaun Watson Trade Odds: QB To Decide On Saints Or Falcons

Deshaun Watson Trade Odds: QB To Decide On Saints Or Falcons
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Deshaun Watson hasn’t played football in over a year. Despite that, NFL teams consider him the top trade prospect among QBs and may offer the Houston Texans a boatload if they’re willing to part ways.

After sexual assault accusations were made against the Texans QB, Watson’s legal fate was decided on Friday when a grand jury determined he will not face criminal charges based on the available evidence.

That doesn’t mean his conduct won’t warrant an additional suspension from the NFL, but Watson led the NFL in passing yards in 2020 and has been a Pro Bowler in all three seasons as a starter. From a football standpoint, adding Watson would boost a lot of offenses and as a result, he's in demand.

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his projected NFL odds for Watson’s Week 1 location.

Deshaun Watson Week 1 Team Odds

TeamOdds
Atlanta Falcons+105
New Orleans Saints+120
Houston Texans+800
The Field+500

Odds above are projected by Bookies.com and are not widely available at legal betting sites and betting apps.

Which Teams Could Trade For Watson?

Watson’s cap hit is an astronomical $40 million in 2022 and $42 million in 2023, with two additional contract years after that (player option).

The Saints are in the market for a starting QB. Jameis Winston is a free agent and Taysom Hill proved last year he’s better suited for an all-purpose role. The Falcons have 37-year-old Matt Ryan, but at an exorbitant 48.6 million cap hit.

If the Texans need a QB in return, they can surely get Ryan from the Falcons or make the trade then release him. If they’re set on Davis Mills, the Saints are the play.

The Panthers were in the running for Watson until Thursday, when they were removed from contention. Similiarly the Browns were told on Thursday they were no longer in the running, too.

The Texans could always keep Watson, especially if their trade demands – three first-round picks, for starters – scare off the remaining suitors.

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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com.