Deshaun Watson Will Come To The NFC South

March 17th, 2022

Man, Joe sure hopes Saints fans are left crying in their beers this weekend.

They deserve it.

ESPN’s insider reporter Adam Schefter is Twittering tonight that the chase for creepy, massage-loving quarterback Deshaun Watson is down to two teams: Atlanta and New Orleans.

Per Schefter, the Carolina Panthers have been advised that Watson doesn’t want them. So it looks like Sam Darnold will get one more shot to pull the Panthers out of the NFC South basement (which used to be known as Buccaneers Cove).

Joe hates Saints fans, but in some ways Joe would prefer to see Watson in New Orleans. Falcons head coach/playcaller Arthur Smith is an offensive wizard and had an underrated season as a first-year Atlanta head coach last year, going 7-10. Joe has a lot less confidence in Saints playcaller Pete Carmichael, the longtime Sean Payton understudy.

Regardless, Watson will face our beloved Bucs twice a year — barring a last-minute change — and his destination team is going to lose a fat wad of premium draft picks.

75 Responses to “Deshaun Watson Will Come To The NFC South”

  1. Walter Says:

    This sucks.

  2. steele Says:

    I hate the Saints and ATL, but I’d rather De22 go to the Falcons.

    If Watson goes to ATL, Matt Ryan goes to….? Wherever he winds up, Ryan is a top QB. If Brady hadn’t come back, and Watson goes to ATL, this exact scenario might have landed Ryan with the Bucs, one of the better pre-Brady scenarios we’ve tossed around here.

    Whoever loses out on De22, will that be the landing spot for Jameis?

  3. Marine Buc Says:

    It seems he is going to Atlanta.

    Kyle Pitts and D. Wat have the same agent.

    KP tweeted out something like “things about to get crazy in Atlanta”…

    Then he deleted it.

    D. Wat is from the ATL. He was a ball boy for the Falcons.

  4. steele Says:

    Who is the better coordinator, Dave Ragone (ATL) or Pete Carmichael (Saints)? Saints are overall a better team.

  5. Marine Buc Says:

    Another interesting fact:

    Roughly a decade before leading the Clemson Tigers to a national championship, Deshaun Watson moved into a home funded by former NFL player Warrick Dunn.

    According to the Associated Press’ Paul Newberry, Watson was 11 when he and his family moved into the Gainesville, Georgia, house.

    “I felt grown having my own room,” Watson told Newberry days before amassing 420 passing yards in a 35-31 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide to take the College Football Playoff National Championship. “Just having my own bed, not really being squished, not really worrying about someone sneaking up on me, it was a great moment, a special moment.”

  6. Jmarkbuc Says:

    So Matty Ice to ….

    The Saints?

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    “Joe hates Saints fans, but in some ways Joe would prefer to see Watson in New Orleans.”

    The Saints beat-up on the Bucs all the time, and just because Payton is leaving, doesn’t mean that will change. Add Watson to that very good defense, and suddenly the NFC South isn’t a cakewalk. Also what do they have now, Hill at QB? The difference between Hill and Watson is insane.

    If Watson is coming to the NFC South, lets hope it’s in Atlanta, where the difference between Ryan and Watson is much smaller. Also Atlanta still doesn’t have a defense yet. If Watson is in Atlanta, they’re basically probably taking a year to try to get their cap under control and won’t be doing much else in 2022.

    Out of the two, clearly you should want him going to Atlanta – if he goes to the Saints, suddenly the NFC South is going to be a tight race between TB and NO.

  8. Beejezus-belt Says:

    Loss of draft pics, plus I’m sure at least 2 premium players. That will cripple a team, especially if it is Nowlins, who is up against the cap. Good day sir, good day.

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    I was listening to someone, maybe it was Chris Simms, who claimed that the Falcons weren’t in on Watson, but Watson wanted to go there, to return home, and basically contacted them to get in on the bidding. If that’s true, and the Falcons are ready to give up whatever it will take to get him, then it sounds like a done deal that he’d end up with the Falcons.

    I guess we’ll know soon.

  10. adam from ny Says:

    they think he’s like the next michael vick for them in atlanta…

    and with ryan having only a couple years left to play, maybe 3,
    they are gonna swap him out for matty ice before ole matty ice bottoms out…

    and some are saying matty ice to san fran – as he could be a good fit over there

  11. WalkdaPlank Says:

    The Saints had a Hall of Fame QB for almost two decades and never became a dynasty. They lost Sean Payton, Slant Boy, Marcus Williams and probably Alvin Kamara. If Watson landed anywhere I’d want it to be there.

  12. Pewter Power Says:

    I would have said saints so they can lose premium draft picks and their expensive roster only to have to rebuild but thinking about it as much as I hate them they draft much better than Atlanta

  13. DaBux Says:

    I hate them both equally. The Panthers have cheerleaders that are more fun.

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    It’s all about the short term – and in the short term, the cap mess with Ryan’s contract would make it difficult to do much outside of getting Watson this season. YES, the cap is very pliable, but it does have some limits, and the cost of trading or cutting Ryan is very very high. Meanwhile the Bucs window is THIS year. The last thing any Bucs fan should want is Watson with the Saints, who still have their defense intact, still have Kamara and are getting back Mr 5-yard Slant. Yes, Payton is gone, but the rest of the team is still in tact, including the other coaches. The Saints, with Watson, are suddenly, probably, a 12-win team assuming he plays the entire year. No no no. Have him go to Atlanta, where they’d still likely only be like 8-9 this season since their defense stinks. Sure, in a few years, maybe it’s better he was with the Saints, but Brady has not signed an extension, the window is solely 2022 at the moment.

  15. Francisco Guzman Says:

    This bucs defense has done nothing to get better upfront right now. I worry about this defense. All the saints are missing is a QB.

  16. Rod Munch Says:

    Francisco – Yeah, the Saints WITHOUT Mr 5-yard Slant, with Winston at QB, with no NFL level WRs, had them 5-2. I don’t know how anyone would want them to get Watson.

  17. lambchop Says:

    Really? Who is that missing QB going to throw to?

  18. Tye Says:

    Watson will wreck the future for whoever he goes to making them a mediocre team for 2-4 years…

  19. lambchop Says:

    Sean Payton leaving is huge.

  20. Bird Says:

    Yah. Joes. Totally disagree. Atlanta is not a good team. Name their receivers now that we got one. And one receiver will never play in nfl again for betting on games

    Sure they have pitts. Line is ok
    Running backs w no cordalle yet?

    Defense sucky sucky
    Sure carolina had worse record but look at their 2 qbs. Matt ryan on carolina talent on offense and defense would look way better.

    Definitely hope he chooses ATL. And yes i saw that tweet from pitts too. And the fact he deleted for being a dumb dumb. And have same agent. He knows something. Hope its ATL.

    I would like the saints to suck for a very long time

  21. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Saints with Winston, Kamara and Payton were a team 2-3 Wins behind Tampa in 2021. With Winston’s injury they were a fringe playoff team.

    Kamara nearly killed a man on video over an elevator crushing his orbital bone. He will miss 5 games minimum. Many other former players whom had 1-2 allegations (non criminal) of sexual misconduct got 5-6 games. He has 22.

    Saints without both star players will likely got .500, for 5-7 games and with them probably go .750. So they should be a fringe playoff team.

    If traded to Atlanta Matt Ryan likely goes to the AFC Colts or Browns. And Watson goes to a weak roster and overall bad team.

    As an earlier commenter stated the 2023 QB play of Ryan and Watson is not a huge upgrade. Long term it’s great for Atlanta but for 2023 it basically makes Atlanta similar team to a team with Matt.

    Saints for all intensive purposes except one close playoff game are the better head to head team when Brady and Tampa play which is 1-4 record so far.

  22. BucfaninMi Says:

    Seems like Atlanta has a lot less to work with and giving up picks will set them back. Plus keeps NO without a threat at QB.

  23. HC Grover Says:

    My bet is the Dirty Birds.

  24. HC Grover Says:

    The Chickadees.

  25. Jersey buc Says:

    Rather it be atlanta. No receivers. Suspect O-line below average D and no picks to help. Yes please falcons

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    BTW, on different note, did anyone realize that Mike Evans is nearly a full year younger than Davante Adams? I thought Adams was like 27, but he’s 29.

  27. ThePowerOfPewter Says:

    Saints are already $75 million over the cap… Watson will not only cost them several high draft picks, but also cause them to cut several high-paid veterans. Weather ATL or NOLA, acquiring Watson would be a move to lock down a franchise QB for the future, not for an immediate contender status this season.

  28. Colonel Angus Says:

    Damn Munch, that’s absolutely insane.

  29. Joe Says:

    Yah. Joes. Totally disagree. Atlanta is not a good team.

    Watson requested that Atlanta get in the bidding. Watson grew up an hour up the road from Atlanta.

  30. Buc92’ Says:

    If Brady went to the 9ers , Deshaun would have definitely came to Tampa .. This would’ve been over already … Brady better deliver atleast 1 more ring for this setback .


  31. BucsFan81 Says:

    I hope he does go to the saints. He will set them back a decade with the amount of draft picks and players they will need to cut to afford his salary.

  32. lambchop Says:

    I think it’s hilarious we are anointing Watson as a SB caliber player without him actually doing that. He’s dynamic and a winner, but calm down.

  33. lambchop Says:

    Ole Fraudgers lost his WR1. No one talking about that? Adams looked at Fraudgers contract and realized the Packers were not going to be able to improve much, so he said adios. The Packers were ready to give him the contract he wanted, but he left anyway.

  34. cmurda Says:

    There’s a lot of assuming that the massage creeperton will even be allowed to play. I find it hard to believe the NFL isn’t going to bring the thunder on his punishment.

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    ThePowerOfPewter Says:
    March 17th, 2022 at 10:44 pm
    Saints are already $75 million over the cap…


    That was the start of the offseason, they’re Spotrac has them with, I don’t know how they did it, but with $21 million in cap space.

    Note, not $21m over, but with $21 mil in cap space.

    If you get Watson, you could restructure the deal, sign an extension to bring down the 1st year, or make room elsewhere, but that cap won’t be an issue for the Saints. It’s actually a bigger issue for the Falcons because so much money is tied up in Ryan – but they can get it done as well.

  36. Buc4evr Says:

    If Watson goes to Atlanta don’t they end up with huge dead cap money for Matty Ice? I could see Ryan get shipped off to Cleveland or the Colts. If Watson goes to the Saints we could probably sign Jameis as a third string QB.. lol.

  37. THOMAS PFALZ Says:

    Don’t forget people Scum bag Watson will probably serve some sort of a suspension.

  38. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Watson is good no doubt but drastically overrated from what a lot of people are making him out to be. He’s also going to come back rusty after having taken a whole year off from game action.

  39. ModHairKen Says:

    I hope Watson does go to New Orleans. Means the Bucs will only have to compete against Carolina and Atlanta because Watson IS A LOSER!

  40. Steven007 Says:

    At this point I simply don’t care which team he goes to. If he goes to the saints they will be at least a quarter of the season without Kamara, possibly more. And does anybody think Watson will not be suspended by the NFL? I would imagine 6 to 8 games. Big Ben got six back in the day with 21 less accusers And no convictions. And then of course the draft capital and likely players they will have to give up. Similar situation in Atlanta. Take care of our own team and we’ll deal with the South during the season.

  41. Rod Munch Says:

    Buc4evr Says:
    March 17th, 2022 at 11:11 pm
    If Watson goes to Atlanta don’t they end up with huge dead cap money for Matty Ice?


    According to Spotrac, if you do a simple restructure with Watson, and Ryan is gone, they’re only $1m over the cap, and they can do a lot of other moves to free up more money. It would be tight trying to find him some WRs in ATL, but they can get out from Ryan.

  42. Colonel Angus Says:

    AFC West looking like the best division in the league.

  43. Francisco Guzman Says:

    When is our Gm going to focus on this D-line? Seriously it’s bare right now.

  44. David Says:

    Wow, Matt Ryan is going to say “I’m out” since he just found out they’re ready to kick him to the curb.
    I still don’t understand how the Saints can afford him, aren’t they in the depths of salary cap helll?

    The Saints have already lost a couple pieces and they’re going to have to lose some more plus a coaching change

  45. Cobraboy Says:

    I feel badly for Matty Ice.

  46. Cobraboy Says:

    I suspect Watson eon’t play for quite a while when the NFL “personal conduct” sledgehammer falls.

    Also seems ATM is the odd man out everywhere.

  47. Goatfarmer Says:

    We’ve got TB12. Let them all eat cake. Or kale.

    Let the eat kale.

  48. Mike Johnson Says:

    Think about it. We got a one year window with Brady. Whomever gets Watson probably got a 4 to 6 yr window. Better win the whole thing this year Bucs. Ohhh and start tryin to woo some great Defensive players to come play for us. bad, we spent all our money on offense huh?

  49. BucsfanChad Says:

    Hey, at least we don’t have to worry about DW22 getting busted for cruising W. Kennedy Blvd looking for a handy or more!

  50. BradyBucs Says:

    Hopefully he’ll go to the Saints. They’re the better team. Would be great them to give up draft picks and have to cut some decent players.

    It would also be great to have the Saints not resign Winston and most likely not have a starting job in the NFL – he doesn’t deserve one anyway for how classless he was when they beat us.

  51. BradyBucs Says:


    We’ll score about 30 points a game again and we’ll give up 35 points a game.

    Our Defense is in big trouble with that weak secondary and mediocre pass rush.

  52. Tye Says:

    Saw an article that ‘allegedly’ the Colts and Saints made an offer to Winston…
    His response was that he sees himself as a starter in this league… ROFL

    Jimmy G, Baker Mayfield, Matt Ryan and whoever else is likely a better option at qb for the Colts will surely prove otherwise!

  53. BigMacAttack Says:

    He’s going to New Orleans. Bet

  54. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Atlanta wouldn’t have to give up much if anything if they simply swapped QBs with the Texans.
    Lovie would love good boy Matty Ice Statue and the Falcons would get what they long for, a mobil QB who reminds them of Vick.
    I actually see it as a good move for each team, not that I like either one.

  55. Goatfarmer Says:

    BradyBucs — you need to apply for a job man. Call the Glazers, they need your advice. The team has won 75% of their games over the last two years. They obviously have problems bigger than anyone on the team or in the organization can see.

    You’re the one to solve these problems.

    Get on the website an apply now.

  56. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I don’t think he’ll go to either one.

    Not that it matter…he’s facing a massive suspension.

  57. steele Says:

    JMarkBuc, I thought the same thing. Matt Ryan to the Saints makes them a SB contender. But would the Falcons deal him to a division rival? It would be stupid if they do.

  58. steele Says:

    The question is, where are there better “massage” parlors, Atlanta or New Orleans?

  59. unbelievable Says:

    100% I’d rather see him go to Falcons over the Saints.

    Maybe u guys forgot we lost to the Saints 6 out of last 7 times we played them. And Drew Brees was only the QB for half of those losses BTW.

  60. lambchop Says:

    What’s the deal with these posters that think the Bucs are supposed to address all the positions in 1 friggin week?

    Have some damn patience. be lucky we got Brady back. The defense will be addressed.

    Ya’ll armchair GMs freakin out everything isn’t solved in 1 week. Remember, there will be some moves AFTER the draft as well.


  61. Jerry R Jones Says:

    Watson and Winston….these two are going to get arrested together,.we’re fine.

  62. Calbucsfan Says:

    A trade that would make sense: Watson to ATL and Ryan to the Colts.

  63. Leopold Stotch/BuccaneerButters Says:

    lambchop… I heard a rumor that Adams was mad/felt betrayed by Rodgers because he got paid before he did when it was his turn to make money. Also the Packers were going to pay more than the Raiders, but a reunion with Carr and his “lifelong dream to play for the Raiders” was too much to pass up. He played at Fresno State

  64. Bucsfanman Says:

    I’m glad there’s some semblance of sanity in this thread. Watson hasn’t played in over a year. He will continue to have legal issues surrounding him. He does not make the Falcons nor the Saints an “instant” playoff team. This is not Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes.
    Bring him on. Who cares?! As far as I’m concerned, he’s another Dak.

  65. Bird Says:


    I know he was born and grew up in the ATL
    And college was at clemson so carolina had a shot until they didnt

    My point was to disagree on you thinking we should be more worried about him going to atlanta cause their coach is creative?m
    My response was i totally disagree cause atlanta is the worst all around team in division so it will take a few years for them just to have right players in place

  66. adam from ny Says:

    deep down inside he’s pissed the pats got mac jones…

    he really wanted to go to new england and pal around with kraft during down time, hitting all the spots 🙂

  67. Your Mom Says:

    I hope Atlanta so we can see Matt Ryan enter the mix.

    For all the gushing over Deshaun Watson, it’s not like he won the Super Bowl or something, he’s 1-2 in the playoffs.

    And that was with teams that had JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, Lamar Miller, Honey Badger, and DeAndre Hopkins. One can argue they’ve underperformed with him at the helm, given that talent around him.

    And then he had a 4-12 season… it’s hard to stink that much if you are truly a GREAT quarterback.

    So… bring him on!

  68. Destinjohnny Says:

    Good, he can play some but he isn’t elite.
    Everyone I know in Houston says he is Overated.

  69. Infomeplease Says:

    With all the trouble Watson found in Houston, just wait till he’s around Bourbon St.!!!!!!!! 😁. He’s in big big trouble there!!!

  70. Oneilbuc Says:

    Destinjohnny. I don’t know were you get that from because I live here and I have never heard that from no Texans fan. They still want Watson out here. Watson last year without no good receivers on the roster had over 4,000 yards with 37 touchdowns passes and only 7 picks with 6 rushing touchdowns 400 yards rushing that season I don’t think that’s being a overrated quarterback!! I rather have Watson over Brady right now . Go see what he did with good receivers and just think what he would do with Mike Evans and Godwin.

  71. Oneilbuc Says:

    Your mom. I know you didn’t watch the playoff game against the Cheifs. They were up like 24 to 3 and that great defense he had according to you gave up the game. You better hope he don’t go to the Saints because we watch Brady put up a donut against the saints the last time we played them even Jamies , Freeman, Garcia or Brad Johnson ever did that!!

  72. Buc1987 Says:

    Ain’t skreered!

  73. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Who cares he’ll probably be suspended for a year

  74. Masterlock majic Says:

    He signed with the browns

  75. Eric b Says:

    Hes going to the browns!!! Unfinished buissness lfgo