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Texans’ Deshaun Watson will not face criminal charges | How the Eagles are affected

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Everyone around the NFL was paying attention to a grand jury convened in Houston on Friday. The case members of the jury heard about centered on allegations against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, after the jury’s decision came to light, it looks like Watson could be getting closer to playing in 2022, and the Eagles could be mentioned as one of the teams to inquire about his services.

Houston-based KHOU Executive Producer Molly Baker Cuculitch reported that the grand jury had found insufficient evidence to indict Watson. Watson had faced the possibility of a trial after nine charges of sexual misconduct were brought against him. Watson still faces 22 civil lawsuits, as well as a league investigation that could still see him miss games in 2022 if the NFL determines something inappropriate happened.

The fact that there are no criminal charges means more teams, including the Eagles, could start making their trade offers to the Texans knowing he wouldn’t face any legal penalties.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni said they are supporting injured current starting quarterback Jalen for the 2022 season and are focused on surrounding him with enough talent to put him in a good place. position to succeed.

“Free agency is in place and we need to keep adding good players,” Roseman said during his NFL Combine availability. “We have to continue to make sure that we are doing everything we can to maximize our player’s ability to succeed. Granted, it starts at quarterback with Jalen.

However, the Eagles have long been linked with the attempted trade for Watson. In October, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson said the Eagles sent an investigator to Houston to learn more about the charges.

“At one point, Philadelphia was really aggressive in this area to the point where Howie Roseman even contacted Deshaun’s legal team, and he sent an investigator here,” Wilson said during the radio interview. October. “He had done a lot of legwork about it. Eventually what he found, and I reported this in August, and I think late July as well, was that Deshaun would not waive his no-trade clause for the Eagles. He has some power there. He can choose his own team. If he says no, then the trade is a no.

ESPN NFL Insider adam schefter said he believed a deal could be reached quickly to send the three-time Pro Bowl player who sat out the 2021 season to a new destination, and multiple teams would be in contention.

Even though the Eagles, who have three first-round selections in the first round of the upcoming draft, offer an attractive trade package for the Texans, Watson will have the final say on where he goes due to a no-trade clause. his contract. Some of the teams reportedly vying for Watson are the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawks.

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Chris Franklin can be reached at [email protected].