If you think teams won't trade for Watson until his cases are resolved, think again

This Wednesday on The Pat McAfee Show, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport discusses the latest regarding teams and their willingness to acquire Deshaun Watson via trade this season. Rapoport reveals that NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is hearing that the league has no plans to put Watson on the Commissioner's Exempt List at this time, and there are "definitely" teams that would trade for Watson this year.

McAfee is shocked by this information, wondering why a team would risk draft capital without knowing what the future could hold for Watson. Rapoport responds by saying that teams are looking at Watson as a 12-year investment, and if he misses this season, it's not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.

Check out the video to find out how this could impact what the Texans could get in return for Deshaun.

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After another poor performance from former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns' season is starting to look like an uphill climb. Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb is out for the year, and Cleveland fans aren't too pleased with the way Watson is playing, especially considering the massive contract extension he signed with the team. And we didn't even get to the off the field drama that comes with Watson.

However, Houston fans are invested in the Browns' season outcome as well, with the Texans holding the Browns' first round pick in 2024, and having sent their own first rounder to the Cardinals in the Will Anderson trade.

So each loss for the Browns, means a better draft pick for the Texans!

For Houston, it looks like they have their QB of the future in CJ Stroud. And he'll be on a less expensive rookie contract for the next several years, giving the Texans more cap space to upgrade the roster.

With all of this in mind, is it fair to question if the Texans dodged a bullet when Watson demanded a trade?

DeMeco Ryans vs. Lovie Smith

Plus, we're only two games into the season, but Lovie Smith's defense was much better (with a similar roster) than what DeMeco Ryans' defense has shown thus far, and DeMeco has the benefit of Will Anderson rushing the QB.

Are the struggles on defense more about the roster GM Nick Caserio has put together, or does this slow start fall on DeMeco?

Don't miss the video above as we break it all down!

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