The Atlanta Falcons have emerged as a surprise contender for quarterback Deshaun Watson according to Adam Schefter.
“The Falcons have emerged as a sleeper team to acquire Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, league sources tell mortreport (Chris Mortensen) and me,” reported Schefter on Twitter. “The Falcons join the Panthers, Saints and Browns as teams that have met with, or are interested in, trading for Watson. More to come on ESPN.”
Watson’s was recently cleared of any criminal charges in his sexual assault investigation and the market for the 26-year old quarterback is expected to be a hot one.
Yesterday it seemed as though Watson was headed to either the Carolina Panthers or New Orleans Saints, but on Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns and Falcons have emerged as potential destinations.
Watson is from Georgia, playing his high school football at Gainesville High School, roughly 55 miles north of the city center.
Getting Watson to Atlanta would cost the Falcons at least their next three first-round draft picks, but could be worth it for a young quarterback with three Pro Bowls under his belt already.
Watson is still active in the Atlanta area, his charity, the DW4Foundation, helped feed over 10,000 people in Gainesville at the beginning of the pandemic.
A deal for Deshaun Watson would be expensive, complicated, and…exciting for the Atlanta Falcons.