Carolina Panthers are in perfect position to trade for Deshaun Watson

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Should the Panthers trade for Deshaun Watson? Photo from Cat Scratch Reader.

Deshaun Watson is a mercurial quarterback who was drafted into the league in 2017, the same year as Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and Super Bowl winning phenomenon Patrick Mahomes.

He was drafted to play for the Houston Texans, who were looking an ever-growing franchise, and is the youngest of the thirty-two franchises. Watson had always been a passionate player, leaving everything he had out on the field.

Over time, the former college quarterback at Clemson has seen both highs and lows in Texas. Those highs include reaching the divisional round of the play-offs in 2019, where Houston were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. The lows were 2020 and the Texans finishing with a 4-12 record. The only reason they got to four wins was because of number four.

For weeks now, there has been an unbelievable amount of speculation of where Watson may end up after he was continuously tweeting his disapproval of the Texans organisation. On Thursday, it was made official that the 2017 twelfth pick had requested a trade.

A team a lot of people are hyping up to make a trade for Watson is the New York Jets, but don’t ‘rhule’ out Carolina.

Matt Rhule’s team are in a very good position to trade for the 25-year-old. After one year with seasonal backup, Teddy Bridgewater, the Panthers are on the lookout for a franchise man under centre.

Potential Panthers trade for Watson

Carolina hold the eighth pick in the first round of the 2021 draft. This is probably going to mean Carolina miss out on both Ohio State’s Justin Fields and BYU’s Zach Wilson – certainly Trevor Lawrence who is sealed to go to Jacksonville. Unless one of the lesser regarded quarterback prospects like Trey Lance or Mac Jones fall to them, the Watson trade could well be an option.

A possible package the cardiac cats could put together is giving Houston their eighth and thirty-ninth picks from the upcoming draft, the 2022 and 2023 first round picks, along with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. This gives the Texans the chance to draft a quarterback and a complementary pick for him later on in the second round. Carolina would then receive Deshaun Watson, 2022 third-round pick and 2023 fourth-round pick.


Carolina already have some very capable weapons who could compliment Watson. Wide receivers Robby Anderson, DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel are three solid targets, but the one who is much more impressive is elite running back, Christian McCaffrey. He is a running back who can catch on the run, unlike others who are used for purely running plays. McCaffrey is up there with Saquon Barkley with his catching ability.

You’d think having played his college career in Clemson, which is in South Carolina, he’d be used to the culture in the city. Carolina have a stacked defence since their entire 2020 draft class was defensive players. It’s just a case of finding a franchise man who can lead the Panthers for ten plus years and follow in the footsteps of Cam Newton and lead them to a Super Bowl.

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Callum, 20 years old, an aspiring sports journalist, studying it at university. Am an avid fan of Birmingham City and a passionate Warrington Wolves fan and follow the nfl in full force!

2 Comments

  1. Lol What makes you think the Texans would want Teddy Bridgewater? Grow up and write an intelligent piece. IF the Texans consider trading D4 to Caraolina, it will begin with three first rounders as a starting point. Supplementing that will be a plethora of picks in the early rounds and or/players of the Texan’s choosing. Houston is in the driver’s seat and I would not be surprised if they demand four first rounders +. Deal with it.

  2. Hate to tell you Marcus but Deshaun Watson has a no trade clause so hes in the drivers seat. He gets to basically pick where he goes.

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