Grand jury reaches decision on Deshaun Watson, criminal charges

Deshaun Watson will not face criminal charges. Composite image by Jack Brame.

According to multiple reports, Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson has been cleared of criminal charges in Harris County.

Watson still has 22 civil lawsuits pending, but with criminal charges behind him, the trade market for Deshaun Watson should heat up quickly. ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported last week that several teams would be interested in Watson, even with the civil cases pending.

The Panthers, Eagles, and Commanders have been rumored to have interest in trading for Watson. The Commanders traded for Colts QB Carson Wentz this week, so they're clearly out at this point. It would almost be impossible to fit both QBs under the salary cap. But the Panthers appear determined to acquire the Texans' Pro Bowl QB. Of course, Watson's no-trade clause could still complicate trade scenarios for the Texans.

This is no doubt a big win for Deshaun Watson, but he could still be punished by the league under the personal conduct policy.

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