The idea that Deshaun Watson could miss the entire 2021 season is slowly starting to look more and more like a reality.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there are people in league circle who believe the embattled Houston Texans quarterback will indeed not play this season and there are people who believe his career in Houston is likely over.
Twenty-two different women have filed civil lawsuits against Watson alleging sexual assault and misconduct.
Watson, represented by Houston-based attorney Rusty Hardin, has continued to deny these allegations and Hardin has requested a trial by jury.
While Watson’s legal issues could linger, the NFL is also conducting its own internal investigation of the matter and could place the quarterback on the commissioner’s exempt list for the season.
Roger Goodell, at the NFL Draft this weekend, acknowledged the issue and said the league was “monitoring the situation.”
It also became more evident that Watson’s future in Houston is coming to an end when the Texans drafted Stanford quarterback Davis Mills with the 67th pick in the NFL Draft this weekend.
Mills is the second quarterback, in addition to Tyrod Taylor, that the Texans have added this offseason — a signal that they are preparing for life without Watson.
Watson had originally demanded a trade out of Houston earlier this offseason after becoming disgruntled with the front office and direction of the organization.
But trade talks soon stalled after as allegations from massage therapists accusing Watson of inappropriate sexual behavior came filing in around mid-March.
There was some speculation that Watson could still be dealt during draft weekend, but that report appeared to be smoke and mirrors.
Watson, 25, is one of the best quarterbacks in the game and is coming off a career-year in which he led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards.
It may be a while before we see Watson on an NFL field again, though.