Bruce Arians Wanted To Draft Deshaun Watson

February 17th, 2022

Arizona Cardinals fans had many sleepless nights in the years following the 2017 NFL Draft.

Back then, their beloved head coach and quarterback whisperer, Bruce Arians, was gearing up to draft a quarterback to replace Carson Palmer.

But history was unkind to the Cardinals. Slotted with the No. 13 overall pick, Arians and his general manager were ready to pounce on Patrick Mahomes and their second choice was DeShaun Watson, who was not yet creepy and sleazy. But Kansas City dealt two first-round picks and third-round to vault up the board and draft Mahomes at No. 10 overall. Then Houston grabbed Watson two picks later and the Cardinals were left to choose outside linebacker Haasan Reddick.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Arians was very public after the draft, stating that atop his wish list was Mahomes and that the Cardinals were eager to pull the trigger on Watson at No. 13, if Mahomes was gone.

This is of interest to Joe as the Bucs are desperate for a starting quarterback and the Texans are desperate to trade Watson, who is saddled with 22 civil lawsuits tied to various forms of sexual misconduct. Not one or two — twenty-two. (Joe can almost envision an auctioneer hollering, “Do I hear 23? Twenty-three?“)

Arians being ready to draft Watson means he put in a ton of homework on him, from film to interviews to background work and more. It’s a bigger deal than it may seem that he went public to say he wanted Watson.

Just a little history to keep in mind as the Bucs hold their noses  sniff around for a new face of the franchise.

41 Responses to “Bruce Arians Wanted To Draft Deshaun Watson”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    13… hmm
    That is almost half the number of women claiming inappropriate and unwanted clumsy sexual advances
    Maybe he has a future in politics

  2. Go Bucs! Says:

    Too many red flags

  3. steele Says:

    Joe, I appreciate the timely posts, but every rumor and every speculation? Oh well. I don’t think it is necessarily significant that Watson was Cards’ second choice after Mahomie. Wouldn’t that have been the draft board of every team looking for a QB?

  4. Man Child Says:

    I would legitimately rather have Kyle Trask as my opening day starter.

  5. Gerinda Says:

    Find out from Brady first if hes really done , then go from there, before getting a replacement hopefully is not Watson? But don’t forget the team are waiting!

  6. Buc92’ Says:

    Also keep in mind Licht has experience dealing with PR sensitive situations like this as they did “extensive homework “ on Jameis ore draft !

    Did Darcie Glazier care about everyone not wanting Winston , hell no !


  7. DoooshLaRue Says:

    22 hassles…… no biggie.

  8. Adrnagy Says:

    Arias should be looking into hiring and have a personal massage therapist ready to go …

  9. ModHairKen Says:

    What would it cost to trade for Watson? Would the same package pick up Murray? If so, get him.

  10. JA Says:

    Watson has a long road ahead, regardless of the outcome.
    Will players want to follow this guy?
    What image will come to mind when they see him getting a rubdown atop a locker room table?

  11. Cleanhouse Says:

    You could quilt a new giant flag for the pirate ship with all of this guys red flags!

  12. SB Says:

    Darci won’t let him come. She was right about JW2 already.

  13. BucsFan81 Says:

    We just fixed the culture over the past 2 years with Brady. Let’s not ruin that by bringing in Winston 2.0

  14. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Well said Bucsfan81!

  15. Swampbuc Says:

    The Quakers are taking over.

  16. Reddington Neck Shores Says:

    who needs no state income tax. just show watson the boutiques of kennedy boulevard and he will sign the contract before he leaves town!

  17. Swampbuc Says:

    Arians is a heathen. Shocking that the Glazers ever hired him.

    Tebow needs to be the Bucs quarterback.

  18. T REX Says:

    Winston part deux

    No thanks

  19. Tye Says:

    Back before Watson became a menace to society and a quitter!
    absolutely the worst investment the Bucs could make at QB!

  20. Swampbuc Says:

    Exactly! Why Tebow is needed now.

  21. David Says:

    Does anyone know what Watson is actually being charged with? If it is simply unwanted advances, looking for a little extra somewhere then it really doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.
    Not saying it’s right but it’s not like the guy is a pedophile and should be shot. If he’s physically forcing himself on people and more then that’s a different story.

    The point is if the legal troubles are somewhat minor and go away, then by all means go get him if he’s affordable.

  22. David Says:

    I guess the other question right now is why has the legal stuff been dragging out for a year?

  23. Posey99 Says:

    Swampy, you’re joking right? Please tell me that’s dry sarcasm with Tebow lol

  24. Swampbuc Says:

    No Posey, I’ve turned a new leaf. All those very righteous and politically correct posters didn’t like my references to the former quarterback’s domestic situation, and they were right. Tom needs to let his 42 year old wife go and compete against 17-21 year olds, just like he was. It’s fair, after all, she was so hamstrung living life like a pauper while Tom just bathed in the glow of admiration. It’s her turn now. I understand.

    And this crazy talk of getting a great player like Deshaun Watson, who is obviously a thug and a heathen – no!

    We need Christian stabilization. It’s Tebow time!

  25. Swampbuc Says:

    Oh and we should fire ammonia brain Bruce Arians, even though that’s a disrespectful label to a Super Bowl winning coach, because anyone could win with Tom Brady (look at Tom’s last season at NE, he was dynamite – oh wait that’s what led a genius to say he was washed up and over the hill). But anyway – any criticism of anyone is disrespectful and we should trust the coaches and staff to know what is right. And what is right in the NFL? Morals. The NFL is like a temple. We should only sign players who are god-fearing, bible reading, alter boys. Except not the ones who get abused by priests – we’re talking about the other ones.

    So it is clear – Tebow is the next Bucs QB!

  26. Posey99 Says:

    Haha right! Some people don’t get it. This is about money. So what he went and got some happy endings. Big deal. I don’t see Robert Kraft out of the league. They want money, simple as that.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    This site wasn’t around at the time, but I totally said in the 5th round of the 2000 draft, that if the Bucs didn’t take Tom Brady, they were morons. While Shawn King had a nice rookie campaign, I proclaimed that Brady would end up being the best to ever play the game, in fact I said he’d be The GOAT. My contacts at the team were so stupid and unprogressive, that when I said GOAT, they thought that was a bad thing so they skipped on him, although they did tell me if he was still there in the 7th they’d grab him.

    Heck it wasn’t just Brady, I said the same thing Favre, told the Bucs they’d be stupid not to take him. But my contacts at the team bypassed my suggestion because they didn’t have any player named Favre on their draft sheet, only some guy named Farve. Dopes.

    So I know your Arians, I too wanted to these guys, wanted Mahomes, Allen, Big Ben, Drew Brees, Rivers, etc etc etc, everytime the guys at the team didn’t listen to me despite my amazing 100% accurate track record.

  28. Swampbuc Says:

    Shaun King! He could be the next Bucs QB! I guarantee if there are posters pining for Kyle, there are a double digit handful that want the 44 year old King to come out of retirement and lead the Bucs back to glory! Which was an 11-6 loss to the Rams. But those 6 points were home grown and great!

  29. Swampbuc Says:

    Rod, I’m still enjoying cheap highly moral Christian electric hummers. Hope yours is giving you the same spiritual uplift.

  30. Hodad Says:

    Problem is he’s not drafting him, he’d have to trade for him. Let’s not forget Arains is not the G.M., and most likely retires soon. Licht wants to keep his job, and giving up at least 3 first rounders might not be in Lichts future interest. Right now Watson’s situation is to risky, and very expensive. Don’t see it happening. My bet, Blaine Gabbert get’s his chance.

  31. Bobby M. Says:

    I have a feeling Brady will wait until the Bucs complete free agency….at that point he’ll have all the leverage to either be released OR sign another extension for big money.

  32. Buczilla Says:

    No way Winston comes back, but I’d take him over Cousins, Garoppolo, Teddy, Wentz, and a slew of others who are less talented and insanely overpaid. Winston is a broken qb with major flaws, but so are all of the others mentioned. Winston is also a tough sob and there is no questioning this kids heart. I’d rather go with the devil I know over one of these bums.

    Only a few people know what happened between Watson and these women. I refuse to condemn a guy before his guilt is proven, or he admits to it. I will accept him with open arms if we trade for him and the mess he’s in gets situated. I can’t believe that I’m enjoying all of this drama.

  33. Show Me the TDs Says:

    I would rather have a losing season than sign Watson. There’s no way I could root for him.

  34. DarenGibo Says:

    It is so crazy to me that for years all we saw and read was what a model citizen Watson was in the community… kind of reminded me of Dunn in that regard. I am not sure I even buy all of this (ALL OF THIS) to be true, but i guess someday we find out as it moves forward… innocent until proven guilty is no longer a thing in this social media culture, and so many know and prey on this especially with young rich athletes… Personally, if Brady is 100% D O N E, i would not say no to Watson.

    Oh, all i read is how compassionate and wonderful Matthew Stafford is as a person, yet the video of him WATCHING the lady fall off stage, say OMG, and quickly turn away drinking from his water bottle was just horrible… Not sure why i put that here, but it came to mind!

  35. BA4President Says:

    Who didn’t want Watson out of college? Who didn’t enjoy “I believe I Can Fly”? Who didn’t watch countless episodes of The Cosby Show?

    But then we found out about… you know… that other thing…

  36. Richard Says:

    Please people, have a somewhat open mind here. Watson has not ever been charged with anything yet. He led an exemplary life before he decided he wanted to leave Houston…. keep that in mind and if you think that it is beyond the possibility that an attorney with close ties to the Texans would create false accusations about this player you’re not being realistic…. there are some very, very unscrupulous attorney’s who will stop at nothing to destroy a person’s reputation. All I ask is for the whole scene to play out and don’t rush to judgement as many of you have

  37. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Richard, “exemplary life” until caught. If it were 2 or 3 accusers I might be inclined to agree, but 22? C’mon man.

  38. DarenGibo Says:

    We just had a recent president get nothing but false accusations (RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA), and of course everyone feels guilty! He must be working with Putin!! SEE ALL THESE ACCUSATIONS!

    Hmmmm… how did that turn out?

  39. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I think Brady is done for sure, with Tampa!
    I bet he is back next year on another team.
    Watson has way too many problems, and Wilson does not want to leave Seattle.
    I will not be surprised at all to see Blaine Gabbert start for us next year, backed up by Trask.
    I think the Bucs know this too, but are going through the motions so season ticket sales don’t drop.

  40. catcard202 Says:

    Those of you throwing stones…Need to ask yourself this…If Watson was such a predator…Why did none of these “happy ending” allegations arise until after he signed a 4yr / $156M extension???

  41. Mike Johnson Says:

    For whatever reasons, I keep getting this feeling ole Brucey is gonna go after Watson Hard. Despite all of his troubles.