In the interim he will remain an inactive member of the team’s 53-man roster.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport brought a bit more clarity to Watson’s status Monday by explaining there are in fact multiple teams interested in the quarterback.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2021
Rapoport notes how both the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers are two teams linked to Watson.
But there could be even more given the way he continually stresses the word “multiple” when describing the situation.
Two Teams In The Running So Far
NFL fans have known for some time about the Dolphins’ rumored interest in Watson.
Remember, Deshaun Watson has a no-trade clause. He rejected the Eagles. The only destination he's approved so far is Miami.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 24, 2021
It has put Tua Tagovailoa in a tough spot, especially now that his team is off to a nightmare 1-6 start.
The Panthers are also in a state of shock after going from 3-0 to 3-4.
The interesting thing here is how Watson fits specifically in 2021.
The Dolphins are likely out of the playoff race already, while the Panthers face an uphill battle in a top-heavy NFC.
This may be more about the long-term, which presents another dilemma.
He Is Eligible, For Now
Rapoport explains how Watson should be eligible to play, avoiding any NFL punishment while his legal situation remains open.
That is great news for the present, but could complicate things if his status changes in the offseason and beyond.
A team may send a haul of picks for Watson, only to lose him to legal or NFL punishment.
There is a huge risk in acquiring the quarterback and it could be a potentially franchise-altering decision for any team.
That is why this story is one NFL fans simply cannot look away from until it has a conclusion.