Ex-Eagles Executive Says Team ‘Preparing’ Young Star for Deshaun Watson Trade

Getty Images Quarterback Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans.

Now that Russell Wilson is off the table, it’s time for the Philadelphia Eagles to turn the spotlight on Deshaun Watson. They have long been mentioned as a prime candidate to land the embattled quarterback despite his serious legal troubles.

One report indicated that Howie Roseman sent an investigator down to Houston to gather more information on Watson. Meanwhile, team owner Jeffrey Lurie reportedly green-lighted a deal for the three-time Pro Bowler last season. The smoke on this rumor has more stacks than a reactor at Three Mile Island.

Former Eagles president Joe Banner was the latest to enter the fray. He delivered a bombshell report for a website called “The 33rd Team” where he revealed that Watson is very much in play for Philly.

Banner added that he believes they keep hyping up Hurts as a way to increase his trade value. He called the Eagles “the most likely landing spot for Watson,” with Hurts serving as the key piece of that deal. Banner wrote:

The Eagles’ effusiveness and the degree of their enthusiasm about Hurts at the Combine could be an indicator that the team is trying to maximize the trade value of the player. I do not believe the Eagles would trade Hurts under other circumstances unless it was for a high-quality QB.

With Watson, they’d be getting a top 5 to top 7 QB for $34M APY. If he were up for an extension right now, he’d get at least $45-47M. I can’t think of an example of a player of this caliber being traded.

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