Welcome to the 2021 NFL trade deadline! On Tuesday almost every decision-maker in the league will be on the ball trying to move their club forward to improve their club for this year’s running or to build in the future. These conversations will likely trigger countless times until 4 p.m. ET, when the trading window officially closes.
The biggest name in the trading market this year is Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has been in the block since asking for a trade in March. The NFL is still investigating Watson, who faces 22 sexual harassment and improper conduct lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints, although no charges have been filed and the quarterback has denied the charges. These cases are ongoing, which has made it difficult for the league and the Texans to take action regarding a possible suspension or trade. Watson was not put on the commissioner’s exemption list because the league did not find a major infraction had occurred.
The Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins are Watson’s main contenders, but deal talks have stalled in the coming days. Outside of Watson, players who could be on the trading block include Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson, Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard and Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack. It’s hard to count the other moves the Texans would make in the hours before the deadline, including wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
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