Deshaun Watson has been in the headlines off late for all the wrong reasons. The Texans quarterback is facing 22 civil lawsuits filed against him by women alleging sexual assault and misconduct. This has resulted in companies like Nike and Beats by Dre terminating their endorsement deals with the 3x pro bowler.
It comes as no surprise that ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler stated Watson’s trade value has ‘cratered’ amid the ongoing allegations. In fact, some teams have reportedly “removed themselves” from discussions about trading for the former No. 12 pick. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reported teams would like some “clarity” on the situation before deciding whether to proceed with any potential trade. One of those teams? The Philadelphia Eagles
After trading former No. 2 pick, Carson Wentz to the Colts and sponsoring 2020 2nd-rd pick, Jalen Hurts to the starting QB role, Philly remains in the mix for a quarterback, have that be Watson or a soon-to-be rookie. It’s no secret that the Eagles tried trading up for BYU QB Zach Wilson prior to trading down to the No. 12 pick. Still, there remains buzz to draft a quarterback at No. 12. Here’s what ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on Sportscenter this past Sunday.
“People I’ve talked to think the Eagles could go quarterback somewhere in this draft just to either get insurance for Jalen Hurts or competition for Jalen Hurts. However, the Eagles typically like to go big bodies in the first round with offensive lineman, maybe they play it safe there.”
This was two days after Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that the Eagles are preparing to “pursue” Texans’ Deshaun Watson if he “properly and appropriately” settles the ongoing 22 civil lawsuits filed against him… Watson trade or not, it’s safe to assume that Philadelphia remains firmly in the mix for a quarterback despite drafting Hurts last year.