No Charges for Watson, Should the Buccaneers Trade for Him?

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Friday a grand jury decided to not bring charges against Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson for the sexual assault/misconduct allegations.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the market for a quarterback, Watson is in the market for a new team and a fresh start. As reported earlier this offseason, the Buccaneers are one of many teams interested in trading for Watson.

As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport stated the Buccaneers are one of several teams interested in Watson. The word several in this case could be upwards of six different NFL teams. Watson has a no-trade clause so he’ll be able to have final say. That may help the Buccaneers if they are in fact interested.

During their press conferences at the NFL Combine general manager Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians were asked about trading for a veteran quarterback.

Back on March 7th Ian Rapoport stated the Bucs would take a “big swing” at a veteran quarterback.

“I would expect them to be looking around and taking a big swing elsewhere, like Deshaun Watson,” Rapoport stated. “So I would kind of keep an eye on that as well.”

Watson still has some civil litigation in regards to the aforementioned allegations that will impact him financially. The NFL could still very well suspend Watson under the “Personal Conduct Policy”. Similar to what happened with former Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

Yes, But At What Cost?

The Buccaneers could definitely stay in contention with Watson at the helm, but at what cost? His contract isn’t small but manageable. If the Bucs truly think he can keep them in contention for another Super Bowl then I say let’s do it, if the price is right.

Should the Buccaneers trade for Watson? Let us know in the comments section below.

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