A few hours after Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross brushed away questions about possible interest in Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, a new report from longtime Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain indicated that Watson and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are the only things now standing in the way of a trade.
Per McClain, the Dolphins and Texans have agreed on compensation and Ross has signed off on the deal, but on the condition that Watson settles his legal issues stemming from 22 accusations of sexual misconduct and that he gets some sort of indication from Goodell as to whether and for how many games Watson would be suspended under the league's personal conduct policy.
The story said Roger Goodell and the NFL don't have enough information from law enforcement investigations and would need more than it has in order to put him on commissioner’s exempt list. The story went on to say at this point, the one way for Watson to settle his legal issues would be to reach a settlement with his accusers, but McClain, citing league sources, says Watson doesn't want to do that because it would represent an admission of guilt. The deal reportedly will include the three first round picks but possibly something less than the two second round picks. However, the deal seems to be stuck in place for now.
HOU QB Deshaun Watson - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. Tennessee Titans
Another loss by the Texans, another big game from Deshaun Watson. In the defeat to the Bengals last week, he threw for 324 yards and three TDs despite injuring his arm in the fourth quarter. This season Watson has thrown for at least 300 yards nine times and has accounted for 33 scores. In the overtime loss at Tennessee in October, he passed for over 330 yards and four touchdowns.