NFL Network: Saints, Panthers Have Made Trade “Offers” For Deshaun Watson

March 13th, 2022

The likelihood is increasing that the Bucs will have the least accomplished quarterback in the NFC South this season.

Think about it: The Falcons have Matt Ryan, and if the Saints re-sign Jameis Winston and the Panthers win the creepy Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, then all of a sudden Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask don’t measure up too well.

NFL Network is reporting this afternoon that the Panthers and Saints have made trade offers for Watson to the Texans. No word that the Bucs have put their trade cards on the table, though longtime Texans reporter Aaron Wilson, now of Pro Football Network, reported that the Bucs “will be aggressive” in pursuing Watson.

Is it possible the Bucs are pretending to be interested in order to drive the price up on Watson to their division rivals? Joe doubts that, but it certainly would be a smart play if the Bucs are lukewarm on Watson.

58 Responses to “NFL Network: Saints, Panthers Have Made Trade “Offers” For Deshaun Watson”

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    Pass Pass Pass

  2. Ash Says:

    It doesnt feel like they are luke warm about it really feel good what they think about Trask on thos and how the saints feel about Jameis what a wild off-season this is turning out to be

  3. Tye Says:

    I don’t see the creepy, quitter, ‘Toxic’ Texans QB ending up in the NFC South…
    Philly or Seattle would be my guess…

    I sure don’t see him ever playing in any Super Bowls (The “shield” and all)……

    Hopefully however this all plays out, the Bucs will be better off dodging this land mine!

  4. Chant Says:

    The bucs have something that none of the other teams interested in Watson have. That is an established Super Bowl winning coach who likes to throw the ball a lot with great receivers – I think that Watson will be extremely interested in the bucs. They have to get back most of their line and a good receiving/blocking back. I would take my chances on losing defensive players as it is a passing league. Get a couple of studs in the draft.

  5. Francisco Guzman Says:

    I am not buying the saints. I mean right now they’re 6 million over the cap. They probably won’t be able to afford armstead. Would probably have to release some players.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    Starting to look like..A distinct possibility Bucs could go from 1st to worse in the division real quick. Frank Sinatra said it best, Riding high in April and..Shot down in May.

  7. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Mike Johnson based on what? I don’t think he’s heading the saints. They have to clear up another 41 million dollars. Surprised the dolphins are not in this . Tua sucks!

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    I’d like to see how the Saints fit his deal under their cap.

  9. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Cobraboy it feels like they would have to release some players . Anyway i am not buying it . Maybe watson restructures his contract that’s the only way . Anyway i don’t think the saints are getting watson .

  10. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Chew on this! Perhaps the Saints and Panthers are not as interested in Watson as thought, and they are merely trying to drive up the price for us ?
    So what if they submitted offers. Anyone can submit an offer they know will not be accepted.
    Just a thought

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I don’t know if Matty Ice Statue is all that.

  12. Mort Says:

    Pass. Price will be too high. Need to see what we have in Trask, and have lots of other players to pay. No thank you.

  13. Mort Says:

    Besides, if you want to bring in a QB with a powerful arm and big play ability who also has proven to make poor decisions, Jameis is a free agent and you get to keep all your draft picks / players, and he’s a way cheaper contract.

    Yep, I said it.

  14. StAugBuc Says:

    Mort Says:
    March 13th, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Besides, if you want to bring in a QB with a powerful arm and big play ability who also has proven to make poor decisions, Jameis is a free agent and you get to keep all your draft picks / players, and he’s a way cheaper contract.

    Yep, I said it.
    I’m actually warming up to this idea

  15. Beeej Says:

    We’re gonna lose a pro-bowl free agent or 3, and if we acquire THIS guy we can’t replace them

  16. SB Says:

    Jameis can never return guys! Arians made it clear that he can’t deal with the turnovers.
    There is NO DOUBT that Watson would rather throw to Evans and Godwin over any other option. Fact is 1. we simply can’t afford it. 2. He is a quitter, a freak, and a cancer. He singlehandedly took down the Texans’ franchise.

  17. Niles Says:

    Dassault Watson is 28-25 on his career. If Trask was 28-25 Joe would demand that he be cut. I wonder why the discrepancy? 🤔

  18. Tye Says:

    SB:… All just after signing a big contract with them, IF I remember correctly…
    He is a quitter!

  19. Niles Says:

    Rod Munch Says:
    “I love Winston, still think he’d be a top 10 QB.”

    There you have it. Just as I’ve been saying all along. Munchie’s hatred of Trask is derived from Munchie being a Jameis-Winston-FSU-jersey-wearing-FSU-fan who thinks Winston’s atrocious 28-42 record with the Bucs and infamous 33-30 season (33 TDs – 30 INTs) were things of beauty.

  20. BUCman Says:

    Be careful what you wish for people! Everyone dreams of having a hot model wife until you wake up one day and she left you for the pool boy after bankrupting you. Wouldn’t you feel foolish having known her sketchy history. Ask yourself: which head am I thinking with?

  21. Anonymous Says:

    “then all of a sudden Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask don’t measure up too well.”

    That’s rather disingenuous. Trask hasn’t played, so how can he be measured?

  22. Niles Says:

    “then all of a sudden Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask don’t measure up too well.”

    That’s rather disingenuous. Trask hasn’t played, so how can he be measured?

  23. Allbuccedup Says:

    If he waives his no trade clause hes going to Carolina. They want him the most plenty of cap space and young players. But if they get him I am sure Matt Rhule will screw up the season.

  24. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Let them spend their draft picks on Watson. The Bucs need every one of theirs this year.

  25. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Watsons NFL stats 104 TD’S. 36 INT

  26. Niles Says:

    Dear Kyle Trask Haters,

    You have been saying that if Trask started the Bucs would go 9-7. But 9-7 is a .562 winning percentage, higher than Deshaun Watson’s career record of 28-25, which is a .528 winning percentage. Are you all so dumb that you think .528 is better than .562?


  27. Niles Says:

    “Listnfrmafar Says:
    March 13th, 2022 at 3:35 pm
    Watsons NFL stats 104 TDS 36 INTS”

    You forgot 28-25, a lowly .562 winning percentage.

  28. Niles Says:

    ^ actually .528 winning peercentage

  29. Navfree17 Says:

    I understand that Trask has not been given a chance. 1:TB12 was better. 2: Watson is better. Sure, lets all scream…How do you know Trask isn’t better!? Let me ask you this..If Trask and Watson were both coming out of college at the same time, who would you take?

  30. cmurda Says:

    If nothing else, drive up the price for the Aints and P Cats

  31. Tye Says:

    ‘If Trask and Watson were both coming out of college at the same time, who would you take?’

    If we are erasing their NFL time and comparing just their College careers:
    Hands down, no doubt TRASK…. NOPE… not a college Florida guy by any means… TRASK in his last year beat up SEC defenses every weekend for the season…. Watson does not have anything close to that on his college resume!

  32. Niles Says:


    I agree. Based on their college careers, no doubt I would take Trask. He played in the toughest conference – SEC – and he holds the #4 spot for SEC Season TD Passes, ahead of even Mac Jones of Alabama. And Task did that in 2020 playing a shortened 10-game season against all SEC teams. Had he played 4 more games against pansies like the three guys ahead of him did, he might be #1 on that list.

  33. mark2001 Says:

    What is it with some of you Jameis lovers? He is never coming back. He was cheering for the opposing team in the playoffs…wearing their jersey. Arians has said he will NOT be coming back. What does it take for some of you to realize all the love and affection regarding Jameis is going one direction? Jameis doesn’t give a flying fish about the Bucs or any of us. It is just the way he is wired…. and his off the field antics are just a reflection of who he is.

  34. Kalind Says:

    Unpopular solution: Threeway trade w SF and Hou. We send Tommy to SF for either Bosa and Deebo or a match of whatever we pay to get Watson from Houston. Everyone wins.

  35. Craig Says:

    Watson’s no-trade clause means he gets to pick the team he plays for.

    Right now, the Saints are in much better shape than the Panthers or Bucs, so he will be a Saint.

    In the knee jerk reaction of the week, the Panthers will then pay out the nose for America’s Turnover Machine, Jameis.

    We will end up with Trask playing by mid season, if he isn’t the day one starter. In the long run, Trask will end up being the better Pro QB of the three.

  36. Adrnagy Says:

    Projected offer: 2022 first-round pick (No. 27), 2023 first-round pick, 2024 first-round pick, 2023 conditional fifth-round pick, LB Devin White

  37. BucsFan81 Says:

    Matt Ryan is toast at this point in his career. The saints don’t have Sean Payton and that guy was the mastermind to that program. Carolina is still re building. Not really worried about anyone in the NFC South. Not sure how the saints can even afford Watson because they are still like 50 million over the cap I thought.

  38. Buczilla Says:

    Watson, Trask, or a drafted rookie qb. Anyone else is just spinning our wheels and a waste of time.

  39. Francisco Guzman Says:

    BucsFan81 Matty ice played on a lousy falcons team with one talented tight end and a bunch of meh wide receivers and had close to 4000 yards. Falcons OL was garbage. 29th in pass protection. He’s far from done.

  40. HC Grover Says:

    It’s time for the Ariens and Gabbert Show. Forever let us hold our banner high.

  41. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    I saw one site that said the Bucs projected trade for the massage man includes 2022 1st and 2nd rounders, 2023 first and second rounders, 2024 first and second rounders and a couple of players. WAY too steep a price! Let’s see what we have in Trask.

  42. Nick2 Says:

    And where is Jason? Two division rivals are ready to leapfrog the next 10 years of NFL football success?? Hello Jason where is your offer????

  43. Nick2 Says:

    Why look at Trask when you can guarantee stellar play for the next 10 years at the QB position??????? Pay the price or be looking up at the Saints or Panthers for a long long time.

  44. steele Says:

    Guys, Brady is not going to SF, for many reasons nobody seems to be hearing.

    And if that were happening, the local SF mediots watching the 49ers on a daily basis, guys like Eric Branch of the SF Chronicle, would be all over it. (Crickets)
    Instead, what are they covering in SF? How NATE SUDFELD will be the backup QB to Trey Lance. Shanahan loves them both. Furthermore, according to the Chronicle, they are unlikely to pony up for any big name veteran free agent. Much less the GOAT.

    It would take a miracle for Shanahan to demolish what he’s working on right now to tailor his offense to Lance and Sudfeld.

  45. steele Says:

    “All of a sudden Gabbert and Trask don’t measure up too well”? Actually they measure up quite well vs. Watson or Jameis. Not much worse, if at all. Even people like me who are skeptical about Trask still say he is an unknown and deserves a shot. And Joe, you are still assuming that Gabbert is a sure thing. He may be a BA bro, but they could still go in any direction, whether draft or veteran.

  46. Wood1982 Says:


    That’s why I don’t like Arians. You said he can’t deal with Jamesis’ turnovers. Well, check the record…Arians was a part of Manning’s 28 Ints, and Palmer’s 24 Ints. In 2019, he and Leftwich had Jameis throwing 40+ passes a game in the last 4 games of that season, knowing he had a broken thumb on his throwing hand and a torn meniscus in his knee…and Arians has the nerve to say he “can’t deal with the turnovers?” That’s bad coaching, and scapegoating a situation that fall solely on his shoulders. Bad O-line play, no running game, spotty defense, and all we talk about is 30 Ints, 10 of which came in in those games with a broken thumb. I’m not saying Jameis is without some culpability, but as Bucs fans we never look at our team’s woes objectively. That’s why we’re always in a constant state of instability as a franchise.

  47. steele Says:

    Matt Ryan is a great option for any team if the Falcons let him go. Above Kirk Cousins level, and almost up to Wilson/Rodgers. He’s played on a bad team for a long time. Put him into the Bucs’ system and bombs away. Too bad it’s unlikely.

    Meanwhile, have the Bucs inquired about Baker Mayfield?

  48. mark2001 Says:

    “That’s why we’re always in a constant state of instability as a franchise.”

    If that includes a Super Bowl victory in the last two years, I’ll take it.

  49. mark2001 Says:

    I think you have to go with Trask and a FA signing, unless Brady comes back, or allow us to trade him for picks. Why sign a big money, draft pick QB, and then allow Brady to walk for free to a team that will be a roadblock to getting to the SB again. That would be pretty foolish.

  50. mark2001 Says:

    Jason…here is my advice. Negotiate to receive Jimmy G, a first round pick and a third round pick, while requiring SF to pick up half his salary this year, for the rights to Brady.

  51. Bucs since 76 Says:

    Watson holds all the cards due his no trade clause. If he only names one team Houston will have to take a lot less in form of draft picks. He you look at from his point of view why we he want to strip his new team of high draft picks.

  52. Erick Says:

    Bring him to Tampa!!!

    Sad how dumb so many of my fellow Bucs fans are. Would rather have Trask be QB than an actual top 5 QB for next decade.

    Same fans will be screaming for change when the Panthers or Saints are kicking our ass for another 10 straight years

  53. steele Says:

    Okay, Trask fans. You should be happy.

    Arians at the Combine said Bucs will “not likely draft a QB”. “We addressed it with Kyle Trask, number two for a reason. He fits everything we want to do with a quarterback. Really liked what I saw for a year. So, I doubt drafting is an option.”

    While there’s still a lot of room for smoke and mirrors and misdirection, if they love Trask so much, why even bother with a big name QB at all? Unless Trask remains parked on the bench in development. For how long?

  54. mark2001 Says:

    Yes, there is a risk in waiting on Brady and not making a move on a proven replacement. But as we say in the business world…. no risk it, no biscuit. LOL.

  55. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Niles, isn’t that close to BA’s winning re ord as a HC without Brady?

  56. Weebs10 Says:


  57. Wood1982 Says:


    You represent just what I mean about our fan base. You actually believe us being fortunate enough to sign the GOAT as a sign of franchise stability? That’s laughable. Just a few hours ago before TB12s announcement, we were looking at settling right back into the mediocrity of the last 15 years prior to TB12. That’s the instability that is undeniable.

    And…as always, you didn’t even have a rebuttal for the ineptitude from our coaches (primarily Arians) for how poorly balanced our team was that we had to rely on an injured player as our best chance to win a game. Very apparent that it lies at the feet of the leadership of the organization.

  58. cmurda Says:

    @Wood1982. That’s called leading the witness. Much of your analysis is deeply flawed. Poorly balanced would fall on the GM not the coach. Where did you get that from anyway? Millions and millions of instances where an injured athlete is still the best option. You don’t have anything if you don’t have a QB. Any fan that knows football knows that. There is no way to be sure if they hit on Trask or not. The right decision was always to draft a QB and let him develop under the GOAT. Mediocrity of the last 15 years? Maybe. Depends on whether we found a QB. Trask might be the guy. It is very deniable and unknown. You present it as it’s fact. The franchise and specifically team were clearly stable enough for Brady to feel good about coming to Tampa. It seems that instability worked to a Superbowl victory. That’s pretty good isn’t it? I thought winning Superbowls was a good thing?