Eagles News: Dallas Goedert nearly included in potential deal for Deshaun Watson
Not a week goes by where the Eagles aren’t linked to polarizing QB Deshaun Watson in some facet.
Per recent reports, the Eagles have once again been in discussions with the Texans regarding a potential deal:
“The Houston Chronicle first reported on Wednesday that a trade for Watson could be coming this week. The Texans have been asking teams for three first-round draft picks and two or three more assets, including a collection of picks or players, according to a source.
In addition to the Dolphins, the Texans have had recent discussions with the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, according to sources. However, the seriousness of those discussions — ranging from a casual conversation to actual trade negotiations — hasn’t been disclosed.” [theathletic.com]
At one point, GM Howie Roseman even sent an investigator to Houston to get a feel for Watson’s pending legal matters:
“At one point, Philadelphia was really aggressive in this to the point where Howie Roseman had even contacted Deshaun’s legal team, and he had sent an investigator down here,” Wilson said. “He had done a lot of legwork on this. Eventually, what he ascertained, and I reported this back in August, and I think in late July as well, that Deshaun wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause for the Eagles. He has some power in this. He can choose his own team. If he says no, then the trade is a no.”
As it turns out, the Eagles were looking into trading for Houston’s quarterback back in July, around the same time they were trying to figure out what to do with disgruntled tight end Zach Ertz.
The Eagles reportedly had a deal in place to send the 3-time Pro Bowler to Buffalo, but Dallas Goedert’s trade value led Roseman to hold on to Ertz a little bit longer:
“Eagles executive vice-president/general manager Howie Roseman almost dealt Ertz to Buffalo in July, but had a change of heart. Goedert’s possible inclusion in a potential trade with the Texans for Deshaun Watson kept Roseman from pulling the trigger on an Ertz deal. Surprisingly, the relationship with Ertz had been mended enough during training camp for him to declare near the end of the preseason that he wanted to finish his career in Philadelphia.” [cbssports.com]
Ertz was eventually traded to Arizona, leaving the organization just ten catches shy of the franchise reception record. The primary goal for the Eagles remains to get an accurate assessment on second-year QB Jalen Hurts. Growing pains are to be expected with a young team, but the Eagles don’t stay patient for long.
If Hurts doesn’t win over the franchise this season, expect them to use their abundance of assets to acquire a new quarterback — even if he may have an uncertain future.
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