Report: Eagles no longer a candidate for QB Deshaun Watson
Once Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson were off the market, Texans QB Deshaun Watson became the last elite option available.
According to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network, the Eagles are reportedly out of the running for the troubled quarterback:
“Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman previously conducted significant due diligence on Watson before last season. The Eagles even sent an investigator to Houston to look into the legal situation and contact Rusty Hardin, Watson’s attorney, per sources. However, Watson has never been inclined to waive his no-trade clause for the Eagles. Moreover, Philadelphia has publicly committed to Jalen Hurts as their quarterback.” — Full article here.
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Watson’s legal concerns off the field have been well-documented to this point, and a judge recently denied his attorney’s request to delay the civil trial. It seems as though GM Howie Roseman, after a great deal of research, has decided that it isn’t worth the PR headache.
Regardless, Watson isn’t waiving his no-trade clause to play in Philadelphia.
During the NFL Combine, Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni reaffirmed that Jalen Hurts will be the starting quarterback in 2022, barring any unforeseen changes.
Howie Roseman on Jalen Hurts still being the starter in 2022: “There’s no doubt about it.”— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) March 2, 2022
Says that nothing has changed with their commitment and how the team feels about Jalen.
Howie Roseman on possibly acquiring Deshaun Watson: "We have Jalen Hurts, a guy who's led this team to the playoffs."— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) March 2, 2022
With three picks in the top-20 of the upcoming NFL Draft, Philadelphia is in a great position to add dynamic talent on both sides of the football.
For at least another season, Hurts is primed to lead the Eagles in what may be his final chance to win over the franchise.
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