In ‘returning home’ to Panthers, Deshaun Watson has interest

Three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson is distraught right now with the Houston Texans and could forgo his no-exchange proviso should the circumstance deteriorate.

In the event that that occurs, the Carolina Panthers are an expected part in a potential securing of the previous Clemson star.

McIntyre said Friday on Colin Cowherd’s show that Watson has advised those near him that he wouldn’t preclude playing for Matt Rhule in Charlotte.

“While I was prepping for this segment I had somebody influential in the league text me and say the team I’ve heard is the Carolina Panthers, a deep sleeper for Deshaun Watson,” McIntyre said.

“Apparently, he is telling some folks he would not mind going home. He grew up in Atlanta, about four hours from Carolina and Matt Rhule has set up a pretty good foundation there in Carolina they have a lot of good offensive weapons.

“Just keep an ear out for Carolina. I’m on the (New York) Jets train. The league would love that. But keep an ear out for Carolina.”

This is the second time this week that Watson has been referenced as a “sleeper” alternative for the Panthers, who presently have Teddy Bridgewater attached to a three-year, $66 million arrangement.

Given that Watson is endorsed through the 2025 season, the Texans have alternatives on approaches to reduce the pressures with Watson. Texans CEO Cal McNair as of late said he has spoken with Watson and need to keep him insider savvy.

“I have come to understand that it has been reported that Deshaun (Watson) feels left out of the process,” McNair said in part of a statement.

“But, he and I had several visits and I understood his point of view for meeting with candidates. I reached out to Deshaun about Nick’s hire and I look forward to him getting back when he returns from his vacation.”

Watson’s relationship with Houston’s front office is weakening as indicated by insiders and many have considered it unsalvageable.

“Right now, Houston is taking the position that they still think they can get it fixed. They haven’t even hired a coach yet. They’re hoping that he cools down and they don’t have to trade him. Right now, people around Watson don’t think it’s salvageable and they’ll end up having to (trade him). Look, the Jets are going to run that same offense. They’re bringing in Mike LaFleur as their offensive coordinator if you’re the Jets you have to think two first rounders this year, two first rounders next year.”

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