As an offseason unlike any other at the quarterback position gets underway, ESPN NFL Nation team reporter David Newton sees a scenario where the Carolina Panthers could pounce on an opportunity to trade for Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans. Monday afternoon on ESPN’s NFL Live, Newton explained why in a segment that shared bold predictions for some of the league’s biggest quarterback storylines.”The Panthers will do whatever it takes to get Deshaun Watson, and that includes giving up three first-round draft picks and (running back) Christian McCaffrey,” Newton said. “Owner David Tepper wants to win a Super Bowl. He’s made that clear. He understand it takes a marquee quarterback to do that. If you look at recent history, outside of (Kansas City Chiefs quarterback) Patrick Mahomes, the quickest way to do that is to trade for a marquee quarterback and not draft one in the first round. Just ask Tampa Bay.”

The Buccaneers, of course, signed former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to a two-year contract for $50 million and capped the 2020 season with a Super Bowl championship. Watson reportedly requested a trade from the Texans and McCaffrey signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension with the Panthers last March but logged three games this past season due to injuries

The Panthers signed Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million contract last March. Bridgewater went 4-11 as a first-year starter with the Panthers in 2020, completing 340 of 492 passes (69.1%) for 3,733 yards and 15 touchdowns to 11 interceptions through 15 starts.