NFL insider Ian Rapoport sees Bears as players for Deshaun Watson – kind of

Watson has formally asked the Texans to trade him, according to reports.

(670 The Score) The Bears are expected to be among the teams seriously interested in trading for Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Thursday.

That comes as no surprise, but what's worth noting is that Rapoport didn't exactly use an emphatic tone to declare the Bears to be strong players.

"Don't sleep on the Carolina Panthers," Rapoport said. "They are a team, I'm told, that is going to be aggressive in potentially acquiring Deshaun Watson. You also have the Bears."

And that was that for Rapoport's take on the Bears' standing. It's no secret the Bears need a quarterback and would love to land Watson, whom they passed on in selecting Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. The difficult part for the Bears is that a number of teams -- starting with the Jets and Dolphins, who each have high draft picks and young quarterbacks -- have more enticing trade chips to offer the Texans.

Watson, 25, signed a four-year, $156-million deal with the Texans last September but has formally requested to be traded, according to reports, as he's upset with management declining to include him in organizational decisions such as the hiring their next general manager and head coach.

The Bears are once again in the market for a quarterback this offseason as they appear set to let Trubisky walk into free agency. If they're to replace him with Watson they'll have to be a really hefty price -- and get Watson to waive his no-trade clause.