Patriots reportedly showed interest in Deshaun Watson before legal issues

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was going to be one of the most sought after players this offseason leading up to the NFL Draft, but now he has 22 civil suits accusing him of sexual harassment and assault.

It seems Houston and new general manager Nick Caserio will not be able to trade him ahead of Thursday's NFL Draft, which will drastically decrease the potential destinations, even if all his legal issues are cleared.

Watson had received a good amount of interest before the civil suits were filed.

According to John McClain of The Houston Chronicle, eight teams showed interest, including the Patriots. Every team in the AFC East did besides the Bills.

The report added the plan in Houston was to get teams in a bidding war and then select the best deal, which ideally would have been at least three first-round picks, two second-round picks and a defensive starter.

Could the Patriots have gone that high? Potentially, and that defensive starter could have been cornerback Stephon Gilmore or JC Jackson.

Obviously, it doesn't matter now as the Patriots likely will have a better feel for their quarterback position after this coming weekend. And it's not all that surprising they showed interest in Watson, either. They truly did explore every option at the position this offseason.

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