Report: Deshaun Watson Is Prepared To Play For Carolina

March 12th, 2022

It seems there’s a great chance the Falcons will no longer own the honor of having the best quarterback in the NFC South.

Per ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton, creepy Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson is not expected to exercise his no-trade clause when it comes to being dealt to the Panthers. So the path is cleared for his landing in Carolina.

The Panthers hold the No. 6 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Bucs own pick No. 27 overall. That’s a massive gap and an insurmountable one if the Panthers are willing to match a Tampa Bay offer for Watson that involves only draft capital.

Also, the Panthers have a treasure chest of young stud defensive players to deal for Watson. Despite a miserable offense, Carolina allowed the second-fewest yards in the league last season.

Somebody call Tom Brady.

87 Responses to “Report: Deshaun Watson Is Prepared To Play For Carolina”

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    Good. Let them have the coming headaches.

  2. Robert Says:

    Yep. Glad they got him. After getting away with stuff people often do dumber stuff. He’s jw 2.0 and will be caught up in something new and probably suspended. You can bet he’s of the nfl suspension radar.

  3. Buc92’ Says:

    Noooooooooo, Jason wat are you doing smh … better not be at one buc place crying about Brady still, he’s gone


  4. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    They haven’t gotten him yet. It’s all speculation. Bucs aren’t out of this until they are.

  5. gp Says:

    Mixed feelings
    Scary that a division rival picks up strong talent.
    The cost of that talent may disable the rest of the team for the foreseeable future though. And that doesn’t even take into account the possibility of suspension and or other problems associated with that talent.

    I’m good with this scenario.

  6. Adrnagy Says:

    Lies. Nothing done yet. Just a reporter trying to connect carolina to watson.

    And if it happens good. No more drama to listen to. We keep waiting for brady. Thats licht and BA plan for door 2

  7. Beejezus-belt Says:

    Watson to a team where the coach wants to run the ball. Perfect.

  8. HC Grover Says:

    Why can’t folks accept it is prolly gonna be BA’s pet project . Gabbert. Call Sea Tow.

  9. Coburn Says:

    I’ll be relieved if it’s anywhere but here. I can rooot for a team with a crappy QB… Certainly done it before .. hard to root for a team with a guy like that….even though I wanna root for guys like Evans, David, and a few other class acts

  10. David Says:

    Trade away three 1’s and two 2’s if that’s what it takes to get Watson. Then you have a franchise quarterback for 10 years… Something the Buccaneers have never had in their entire history. Other positions can be replaced much much easier.
    If Brady then wants to play for the 49ers… You get those draft picks back from San Fran -trade him

  11. Buc92’ Says:

    Jason & BA please wake the hell up … don’t get one ring & lay down it’s still work to be done … Forget Tom he’s about 50 now , get Deshaun & problem solved for 8-10 years , we don’t develop qb’s anyway…


  12. Elita Vita Says:

    Dear Mr Licht: Please leave the FLOOD LIGHTS on for Tom Brady!

  13. The Coroner Says:

    If the Panthers get Watson and the Bucs lose Jensen, the Bus might be fighting for last in the NFC South.

  14. HC Grover Says:

    Pay Brady.

  15. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    That’s too bad, he would have been a great signing for us!
    My friend who used to live here in Brandon now lives out in Seattle.
    He said Watson would do well here in Tampa, and not get into trouble. He said the massage parlors here in Tampa come complete with a “Happy Ending” included in the price, LOL

  16. uhmmm Says:

    Jameis and Watson going to be battling for a NFC South title this season

  17. scotthad2 Says:

    Look. We got nothing. Face that we are going to have to try Gabbert and Trask this year. 22 sexual misconduct lawsuits. We remove Gruden from the Ring of Honor but we are willing to trade for Watson? WTF? I don’t understand people, the media, the ownership, Roger Goodell. This is so representative of the times we live in….Forward Progress… right…

  18. webster Says:

    All u guys crying about watson being a crappy guy know you voted for 45 and he had just as many allegations and was caught on tape admitting to assault. Gtfooh

  19. BucfaninMi Says:

    Back to the basement boys.

  20. LOL Says:

    All fun and games until DWat comes for your wife. LOL

  21. Casual Observer Says:

    HC – Pay Brady? Not a bad idea. Maybe the Glazers can offer a part-ownership. For two years play.

  22. Killian Says:

    If Brady doesn’t want to play for us, why not trade him to the 49ers for JimmyG and draft picks. It makes no sense to hold a commodity that has no value for you but does for someone else. Arians/Licht need to swallow their pride and make the logical choice, which is to get value for Brady rather than let him take an off year, then sign with the 49ers anyway next season. Of course, this is if he truly does not want to play for the Bucs anymore.

  23. Cobraboy Says:

    The unspoken underlying reason Watson will NEVER be a Buc is because Lovie Smith holds a massive, world-class grudge against anything Buccaneer. There is NO WAY he would allow a player of Watson’s stature to be a Buc.

    I have not read that anywhere, but think it’s relevant.

  24. Destinjohnny Says:

    Good he is overrated

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If we’re going to do a massive trade I’d rather it be to move up and take a QB.

  26. Allbuccedup Says:

    Good let him go trade out 7th round pick for sam donald and restructure his contract.

  27. Tye Says:

    Somehow people have built Watson up in their heads because of the absents of his playing last year… He is not Brady or Rogers or even Brees… He went 4-12 and then had a melt down… I see him as no different than Cam all those years with worse coaches… I do NOT see the Panthers as a contender for the nfcs crown…

  28. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    Watson’s record is 28-25.

  29. Killian Says:

    Some of y’all are funny saying Watson isn’t good. 2020 stats 4,800 yards passing 33 TDs, 7 INTs, 70% completion percentage, and he’s mobile. You can hate on him for off the field crap, but this dude can ball. Put him in our offense and he’ll go off!

  30. Pewter Power Says:

    Watson has a list of teams all with better compensation than the Bucs. Our only hope was if he only wanted to come here. San Fran has no draft capital, Watson is gone, Brady is retired there is no savior coming at quarterback this time. We will be an average to below average team until Licht drafts a quarterback

  31. Allbuccedup Says:

    Carolina is set if they land him Robby Anderson and DJ Moore as wide outs and of course Christian Mc.

  32. Bobby M. Says:

    Nobody thought Brady was coming to Tampa and we saw how that worked out. Until the deal is done, its all chatter. Obviously the Texans are trying to get the absolute most for Watson via a bidding war between to division rivals.

  33. ModHairKen Says:

    Watson is a loser.

  34. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    What are all these trade suggestions for Brady & SF?……the last time I checked, Brady is retired.

    As for Watson……don’t like seeing him go to Carolina….but like him coming to us less.

  35. Gofortheface30 Says:

    God damn I swear some of you dense, dumb momos. I’d think you’d guys would learn by now that a franchise quarterback is everything. The division will become Carolina’s the moment they pull off the trade, period full stop. The draft capital mentality like they are mother-f’ing gold or something is beyond antiquated. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Finding a Russell Wilson in the 3rd round sure as hell isn’t promised. If the Bucs roll in to Carolina and we have Trask at quarterback while they have Deshaun, they are 100% going to wipe their asses with us

  36. Adrnagy Says:

    Christian mac will be included in the deal to ship him to houston. Along with multiple picks and a defense player.

    The trade is going to be very similar to russell wilson. And remember d. Watson has to waive and approve the trade.

    Allbuccedup Says:
    March 12th, 2022 at 11:11 am
    Carolina is set if they land him Robby Anderson and DJ Moore as wide outs and of course Christian Mc.

  37. Marine Buc Says:

    I hope this happens sooner rather than later…

    I’m growing tired of the Watson BS.

  38. Eric Says:

    A great QB coming to a rival who we will have to deal with for 10 years.

    And people think that is good nrws.

  39. Bird Says:

    First off , Watson is a piece of crap individual

    Again he has huge support in carolinas area. Clemson close by. It makes sense for him to make that move. Sucks for the bucs. We have another dominant qb to face for the next decade potentially

    For people saying he is not tops like rodgers etc etc. he has one of highest qb ratings of any qb in history Nfl wont do crap with suspension. It will be minor if anything.

  40. Gerinda Says:

    Bucs are running out of options?

  41. SKBucsFan Says:

    Good. One more problem off of the table.

  42. Defense Rules Says:

    QBs are only as good as the TEAM around them. Carolina last season had a very good defense but a terrible offense. After they send several draft picks AND players to Lovie, they’ll have a mediocre offense AND defense. High-priced QBs rob mediocre teams of the capital (CAP & draft picks & players) that they need to TEAM BUILD and be SB contenders.

  43. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Gofortheface

    I agree – a franchise QB is the most important piece to the puzzle…

    However D. Watson has started 4 seasons as the Texans QB with mixed results

    2017 – 4-12
    2018 – 11-5
    2019 – 10-6
    2020 – 4-12

    Without a surrounding cast D. Watson struggles just like any QB in the league.

    Watson is not a “cure-all” for any franchise. If Carolina lands him they will struggle to surround him with talent after giving away multiple high draft picks and entering salary cap purgatory due to Watson’s contract.

  44. Adrnagy Says:

    Imo. Texans are ready to move on. Trade him by tuesday.
    Carolina is dumb. They signed darnold they are stuck with his cap. Texans dont want his $18m cap. C. Mac has been injured every year and has a big cap too.

    Send trask. Joe t and multiple picks should get it done. No cap to texans. And we get a big fat cap number.

  45. Marine Buc Says:

    @ DR


    Great minds…..

  46. Never Jumping Ship Says:

    Give Houston
    White(*5th Pick, obviously).
    Two 1st(22’/24′)
    One 2nd(25′)
    Two 3rd(24’/25′)
    One 5th(22′)
    *Makes up for our 27th this season.

  47. Niles Says:

    Old fat Arians with health issues having only one year left on his contract is a YUGE issue for players deciding whether to remain with the Bucs or go to the Bucs. But Joe sucks up to Arians too much so he will blame players deciding against the Bucs on Trask! LMFAO.

  48. Eric Says:

    The only QB out there with a winning record every year and proven multiple super bowl champion is retired.

    Therefore, we have toook at the next best option. But all of them are not as good as Brady but that is the entire known universe.

    I think were toast with Watson, Lovie would relish screwing us and sending him to the panthers or saints.

  49. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Niles

    Maybe but don’t you think either BL or TB will take over for BA once he leaves?

    If so – this should provide some continuity going forward… If BL is named HC than the offensive system probably won’t change much at all and if TB stays on a DC than our defensive scheme isn’t changing much either…

  50. Niles Says:

    “scotthad2 Says:
    We remove Gruden from the Ring of Honor but we are willing to trade for Watson? WTF? I don’t understand people, the media, the ownership, Roger Goodell. This is so representative of the times we live in….Forward Progress… right…”

    That’s because Gruden is white, not the image today’s NFL wants to present. That’s also why there is so much hatred for Trask on this board. If he were black, Joe would be screaming for him to start.

  51. Buccos Says:

    I don’t know. Maybe we should give Trask a chance. He was pretty awesome his senior year at Florida and he doesn’t cost us anything. He makes next to nothing, we get to keep all of our draft picks and resign most of our guys. Why would we mortgage the future when we have a talented young QB who mentored under the GOAT last year?

  52. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Tom Brady has given his 2 months notice. He is not retired, if he was an employee at your work, he would’ve verbally told his boss he’s submitting paper work to retire for June 2 to leave the office.

    No paper work has been submitted to formally retire yet but verbally committed for June 2. There is a 2 month window for Tampa to train up or hire his replacement or trade his rights is he chooses that option (no trade clause).

  53. Buddha Says:

    4 years as a starting quarterback and still under 500. Typical Carolina move by a coaches trying to avoid getting fired after three miserable seasons. He was 4 and 12 his first season. I say let draft play with the talent around him, he should win at least eight or nine games. Also he will be fun to watch.

  54. Niles Says:

    “Marine Buc Says:
    @ Niles
    Maybe but don’t you think either BL or TB will take over for BA once he leaves?”

    Maybe. But none of that is certain. Personally I think Arians should retire and the Bucs bring in a young fresh offensive mind.

  55. iamrhenry Says:

    Good riddance. The game is won in the trenches anyway. Would rather root for an overall solid, consistent team built from our own players and draft picks than one with a single superstar surrounded by a subpar team.

  56. Guzzie Says:

    GABBERT wins NFL MVP, SUPER BOWL MVP, marries newly divorced Gisele Bunchen, wins the next 8 Super Bowls, goes down as the greatest reclamation project in NFL history, they make movies about this guy LFG!!!

  57. Guzzie Says:

    Afterwards in 20 years, on NFL Legends week on Jeopardy, Aaron Rodgers loses to Tom Brady again, the final question is, this NFL QB won the most Super Bowls, Rodgers writes “Who is Tom Brady?”, while Brady writes “Who is Blaine Gabbert?” remembering before Blaine won 8 straight Super Bowls, he won a ring as a backup……

  58. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Niles

    I would be fine with that but I don’t see it happening…

    80% chance the next HC is either BL or TB.

  59. Defense Rules Says:

    Marine Buc … Any of us who spent a career in Combat Arms understands the criticality of the TEAM concept in accomplishing the mission. No rocket science involved (and certainly not a great mind here).

  60. Anonymous Says:

    Brady is at the Man United game

  61. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    [There is zero reason to play the race card. Not sure why you went there. — Joe]

  62. Defense Rules Says:

    An interesting exercise is to PREDICT the STARTING players for the Bucs on offense, defense, and S/Ts when the season begins. My guess at this point …

    o OFFENSE:
    1 – QB … Trask
    2 – RB … FA (to be signed)
    3 – WR1 … ME13
    4 – WR2 … FA (to be signed, until Godwin ready, then WR2 will become WR3)
    5 – TE1 … Brate (MAY be released however)
    6 – TE2 … FA (to be signed)
    7 – LT … D Smith
    8 – LG … FA (to be signed; hopefully Stinnie)
    9 – C … Hainsey
    10 – RG … FA (to be signed; hopefully Cappa)
    11 – RT … Wirfs

    Result: 6 of 11 starting positions filled; 5 FAs to be signed.

    o DEFENSE:
    1 – NT … Vea
    2 – DT … FA (to be signed; hopefully Suh)
    3 – DE/DT … FA (to be signed; hopefully Gholston)
    4 – OLB1 … Shaq
    5 – OLB2 … JTS
    6 – ILB1 … LVD
    7 – ILB2 … White
    8 – CB1 … Dean
    9 – CB2 … Draft pick (or FA to be signed; SMB as Nickel)
    10 – SS … FA (to be signed; hopefully Whitehead)
    11 – FS … Winfield

    Result: 7 of 11 starting positions filled; 4 FAs/Draft picks to be signed.

    1 – Punter … Draft pick (or FA to be signed)
    2 – Kicker … Borregales
    3 – Long Snapper … FA (to be signed; hopefully Triner)

    Result: 1 of 3 positions filled; 2 FAs/Draft picks to be signed.

    Of our 25 STARTING holes, we SHOULD have 14 of them filled using players currently under contract. HOPEFULLY we re-sign 6 more starters (Stinnie, Cappa, Suh, Gholston, Whitehead, Triner) leaving us with 5 STARTING holes to fill using either FAs or draft picks (as starters) … RB, WR2, TE2, CB2, Punter.

    That’s my guess and I’m sticking to it. Until tomorrow.

  63. Buc You Says:

    Good to see Watson news and rumors are distractioning away from the Brady dreams.

    Can anyone guess the next big rumor?

    Is Tom Brady slightly jealous that Watson is being considered as his replacement so quickly?


  64. #99 Says:

    Defense,love your plan till tomorrow..
    That was good!lol

  65. Defense Rules Says:

    As an aside, Bucs need a couple of TEs. Anthony Auclair (6’6″ & 256 lbs) is a UFA who played for Houston last season (5 targets, 5 catches for 47 yds) and who played for the Bucs from 2017-2020 (14 targets, 10 catches for 84 yds). Made $1.0 mil last year & is 29 yrs old. I’d bring him back for $1 mil if I was JL. Not used very much as a receiver, but he was a very good blocker. And on his career he’s 15-for-19 (79%) which is respectable.

  66. Oddball Says:

    Guzzie, they warned everyone to not take the brown acid.

  67. Matt Says:

    [Last warning to all. Accusing someone of commiting felonies they have never been charged with, you will be run. No more warnings. — Joe]

  68. Stravenite Says:

    Just spotted Tom Brady in Manchester tonight at the Glazers
    other team (Man. Utd), taking in the game, on his own, guest of the brothers ?.

  69. Allbuccedup Says:

    Buc 92′ your right JL and BA are still sleeping dreaming of Brady coming back. While the other teams are aggressive in making trades releasing personnel while the Bucs restructured Veas contract. I can’t see them restructuring many more contracts that haven’t been restructured already.

  70. Buc4evr Says:

    Watson has great stats kind of like Jameis, but he is not a winner. Houston was 29-35 before Watson and 29-35 after he arrived. The guy can’t move the needle. Better QB rating then Brady, but will never be a winner. The guy is so overrated it’s not funny, yet teams are willing to overpay for a QB with great stats, lousy W/L record and a questionable background. Hard pass. Btw, I agree with the sentiment that if we sign this bum, then how can we even think about removing Gruden from the ring of honor. Let’s see what the Woke Glazers do about Watson…

  71. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Sounds like The Saints are in on the Watson sweepstakes…oh swell…how about Mariota on a midrange dealio? Probably not a fit for Air Arians…but pickin’s are getting slim and desperate.

  72. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Good. Better there than here.

  73. Chris S Says:

    Not saying i want this to happen but if we have to roll with no star QB I wonder if the smarter play is to let all the FAs walk and get draft comp next year. not sure if @Joe knows but say you let Jensen, Cappa, and Whitehead sign elsewhere…maybe even Godwin… theory wouldn’t we get 4 relatively good draft picks for them (assuming we sign no FA that offset). You take your lumps this year…maybe even compete in a weak South division and come into next year will massive draft cap to land QB of future if Trask isn’t the guy?

  74. Joe Says:

    Not saying i want this to happen but if we have to roll with no star QB I wonder if the smarter play is to let all the FAs walk and get draft comp next year. not sure if @Joe knows but say you let Jensen, Cappa, and Whitehead sign elsewhere

    It’s tempting (Joe doesn’t think Cappa will break the bank) but you have to remember one thing: Bruce Arians didn’t return to coach a rebuild.

  75. Beeej Says:

    If you’re going to have an inexperienced QB, then you need to resign Jensen and Cappa

    (I thought Winfield was the SS?) As for Whitehead, is he that much a better player than Edwards?

  76. firethecannons Says:


    why does it matter what number draft pick? seems it is all up to Dwat where he will go he holds the no trade clause so if he wants Bucs then he says no to everyone else and yes to us then it becomes Texans only option It appears as if Texans have no control over where he goes. I do not understand why we think Texans preferences matter.
    Hello? Hello? This post is about Watson agreeing to play for the Panthers, hence them being the lead dogs as they have more to offer. Not hard to understand. –Joe

  77. Listnfrmafar Says:

    There goes the neighborhood

  78. Jeff Says:

    It’s pretty much guaranteed the Bucs finish in last place in the NFC South. Let’s make it another 10 years of 10+ losses! It will be a special stat that Yucs fans can cherish forever. Let’s get back to being the worst!

  79. Joe Says:

    why does it matter what number draft pick? seems it is all up to Dwat where he will go he holds the no trade clause so if he wants Bucs then he says no to everyone else and yes to us then it becomes Texans only option It appears as if Texans have no control over where he goes. I do not understand why we think Texans preferences matter.

    There are two Joes here. One believes the high draft picks next month is the difference-maker. The other Joe believes the no-trade clause is the difference-maker, and the same Joe also believes future draft picks if not players can sweeten the pot if need be.

  80. fern Says:

    who he throwing the ball in Carolina, they even trying to dump MCCraffey

  81. Crickett Baker Says:

    I don’t see how anyone in his right mind would think BA can’t know if a QB is good enough to play. Gabbert and Trask learned a lot from Brady and being on a SB winning team. Brady had a few bad days and many in his whole career. Give our current QBs a chance, imo.

  82. gp Says:

    The size and scope of Watson’s pending suspension depends heavily on which team he eventually lands with. That’s one of the reasons there has been no announcement as to just what it may be.
    Goodell likes certain teams (seemingly) more than others. I have no feel for Carolina but am pretty sure we’re NOT one of his fav’s.

    I hope this is considered if we decide to compete in the bidding war for Watson

  83. firethecannons Says:

    so snarkey Joe! just an honest question I still wonder why it is up to the Texans as Dwat can choose because of the no trade clause sheesh!

  84. firethecannons Says:

    no trade clause puts Dwat in the driver seat to pick where he is going
    if Dwat thinks Bucs has better coach, team dynamics, no tax state, better players etc than he picks us
    or if he thinks Panthers better for him than he picks them
    the only thing the Texans management can say is if they will trade him–seems as if they have no say where he goes as he can say no to everybody

    If Watson was only interested in the Bucs, then this likely would be over already. No reason to believe he only has one team on his list. If his agent isn’t an ass, then he provided the Texans a list of teams two weeks ago. The Texans surely are not working out deals and calling Watson for approval. They’ve got their list and are working off it. –Joe

  85. firethecannons Says:

    thanks Joe–appreciate your responses it is what makes Joe the best website interactive when necessary

    the Florida no income tax is a boon also a team willing to support a player in this situation like they did with Jameis also our players Evans and Godwin and a good o-line still

    think we look good/great to Dwat but not good to Texans so I think we have a serious chance versus Panthers

    ok thx Joe!

  86. Joe Says:

    Thank you Fire! 👍

  87. David G Says:

    Toms back who carez about watson