The DeShaun Watson Timeline: How, When, and Why DeShaun Watson Could End Up In Philadelphia

After reports surfaced about DeShaun Watson’s unhappiness with the Houston Texans in early January of 2021, the star quarterback officially requested a trade from the team after the franchise hired David Culley to be the new Head Coach. Watson’s unhappiness grew from the organization’s unwillingness to involve him in decision-making and the overall direction of the franchise. This, however, was not the biggest storyline related to DeShaun Watson. In the spring of 2021, multiple women began accusing the Texans quarterback of sexual misconduct. As of this date, there are currently 22 civil accusations and 10 criminal complaints made about Watson. DeShaun Watson’s camp denies these allegations. With that being said, DeShaun Watson is currently at Training Camp for the Texans. He has not yet at least been placed on Roger Goodell’s Commissioner’s Exempt List and remains an active NFL player. There seems to be a chance Watson is playing NFL football this season with no resolution in sight. However, it’s unlikely he remains with the Houston Texans.

So how are the Philadelphia Eagles involved with this? For months the franchise has been connected with DeShaun Watson, and many believe they have serious interest in acquiring him from the Texans. With the help of Brandon Lee Gowton from Bleeding Green Nation, we will look at the DeShaun Watson Timeline in relation to the Eagles.

On March 17th, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora had this to say about the parties:

Do not discount the Philadelphia Eagles as a strong suitor for Deshaun Watson. Too many sources with ties to ownership have whispered that sentiment my way for me to ignore. [...] It is indisputable that the Eagles are monitoring the Watson situation closely and evaluating it. No one in that organization would deny that. [...] Some in the Eagles brass would try to poo-poo the idea of their interest by noting there must be about 30 teams paying close attention to this situation, but my sense is this is much more than an idea on the periphery; I get the sense this is something ownership, and management would very much like to make happen. “I hear that it is very much at the ownership level,” as one league source put it. “No action for the Eagles,” one GM said. “It has to be killing them.” Another GM said: “Would Howie trading for Watson surprise me? No. Now that you mention it.”

The credibility of JLC is a topic of conversation, but it is well known that Eagles GM Howie Roseman has a good relationship with La Canfora. The interesting part of this initial report is the part about the ownership. Any trade for DeShaun Watson would have to be approved by owner Jeffery Lurie; or any other owner. However, it seems like Lurie is ready to sign off on a trade like this and even is encouraging it. Two days later, Philadelphia Inquirer writer Jeff McLane mentioned in a piece that an NFL source familiar with the situation said that “Howie will give up everything he has for Watson.”