The Philadelphia Eagles were heavily in the mix as a potential trade partner for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson throughout the 2021 offseason. And, according to recent reports, a Watson-to-Philly deal is still on the table.
On Pro Football Talk Live , insider Mike Florio and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms discussed the Eagles’ potential acquisition of Watson. According to Simms, Philadelphia owner Jeffrey Lurie has given GM Howie Roseman the “green light” to pursue a trade if the terms are right. He also stated that the team’s current quarterback, Jalen Hurts, is “not sold.”
“From what I understand, [Lurie] has given them the green light to make that deal if it’s right, as far as Howie Roseman and company are concerned.” So, yes, you should be concerned a little — and here’s another hint. “I had a feeling they weren’t sold on Jalen Hurts,” Simms said.
Earlier this offseason, the Texans’ front office made any trade possibilities for Watson extremely difficult due to astronomically high asking prices. However, NFL insider Jay Glazer reported on Wednesday that the Texans have “softened” their stance on Watson.
ICYMI! On Sunday I shared that the Texans stance on trading Deshaun Watson has softened where they weren’t even returning calls from teams in camp. That has changed. As for teams, to me Miami makes the most sense and probably has the best chance to pull it off IF a deal gets done pic.twitter.com/QTljSUpNRi
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 29, 2021
Watson has a no-trade clause in his current contract, so he can choose where he wants to land in a trade. Last month, Houston insider Aaron Wilson reported that Philadelphia was not one of the cities for which he would waive his no-trade clause. Deshaun Watson may be forced to reconsider his preferences if the Eagles are the only team who comes knocking.