Falcons Prepared ‘Elaborate’ Presentation for Deshaun Watson: Report

Deshaun Watson

Getty Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans.

On Tuesday, March 15, the Atlanta Falcons were added to the mix of fellow NFC South foes, New Orlean Saints and Carolina Panthers, as teams interested in acquiring Deshaun Watson.

Now, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports via “The Adam Schefter Podcast” that the Falcons will meet with the Houston Texans quarterback on Wednesday, March 16 and have prepared an “elaborate presentation” for him to “come home” to Atlanta.

Schefter adds that he thinks Watson coming back home to Atlanta is something that  “appeals” to him.

“He’s from the Atlanta area. He played high school football in that area. He served as a ball boy for the Atlanta Falcons,” Schefter said.

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What About Matt Ryan?

The Falcons seem to be the most surprising team on the list as potential trade suitors for Watson considering the fact that they and Matt Ryan have agreed [although not official] to restructure his contract as of last week, ultimately committing to him for the 2022 season.

Schefter notes during his podcast episode how things could get a bit awkward for Atlanta.

“Every team in the NFC South, without Tom Brady as its starting quarterback, is interested in Deshaun Watson,” Schefter said. “And think about this––there will be a team that, perhaps, gets him, and there will be other teams in that division that have to go up against him, twice a year. So, that’s going to be an interesting situation how that unfolds.

“Not only will they have to go up against him, but the teams that don’t get him, have to explain that to the quarterbacks that they currently have on their roster. In New Orleans, that’s not really a big deal.

“In Atlanta––that would be Matt Ryan.”

Ryan finished the 2021 season completing 3,968 yards with 20 touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions. While he may no longer be the QB he once was, the Falcons have publically made it clear that they don’t believe he’s washed up, but trading for Watson could mean they actually think otherwise.

 Watson Personally Reached Out to the Falcons

According to an earlier report from ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Watson personally reached out to one team: the Atlanta Falcons.

Watson, 26, is from Gainesville, Georgia where he attended Gainsville High School. Before getting a full ride to Clemson, Watson worked as the Falcons’ ball boy and Schefter noted that team owner Arthur Blank and his family built a relationship with Watson and are fond of him.

Watson initially requested a trade out of Houston last year but ended up not playing at all amid 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints by women alleging sexual assault and misconduct.

A grand jury determined on Friday, March 11 that it would not indict Waston on criminal charges, however, he still has civil suits pending.

“I’m just going to keep fighting to rebuild my name and rebuild my appearance in the community, Watson said following the jury’s decision, via ESPN. “And on the legal side handle what we need to handle. But also ready to get on the field, and prep for that.”

Watson was taken 17th overall by the Texans in 2017. In the four seasons that he’s played so far, Watson has thrown for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns while completing 67.8 percent of his pass attempts.


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