Deshaun Watson is headed to Miami, on two conditions. And neither of them may be met.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, an agreement on compensation between the Texans and Dolphins regarding a Watson trade has been reached.
However, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has signed off on the deal on the condition that Watson’s legal issues are settled and that he receives some sort of indication from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell regarding how many games Watson will miss under the league’s personal conduct policy.
It does not seem likely that either of those things will be resolved by the NFL trade deadline, which is next Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. ET.
Goodell even addressed the Watson legal situation on Tuesday night following a league meeting with owners in New York, saying that the NFL lacks information and clarity on Watson’s legal situation to make a decision on the commissioner’s exempt list.
“We don’t have all the access ot that information at this time at this point in time,” he said, per NFL reporter Aaron Wilson.
Watson, 25, is facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct or sexual assault with massage therapists he was receiving treatment from.
The only way Watson’s legal issues would be resolved in a matter of a week is if he were to settle with all 22 accusers, but according to McClain Watson does not wish to settle as he sees it as an admission of guilt.
The trade, which does not seem like it will be finalized, would have included three first-round picks being sent to the Texans but less than the additional two second-round choices they wanted, per McClain.