New York Giants co-owner John Mara has given a definitive statement on whether or not his organization will move in favor of former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
“We are not trading for Deshaun Watson,” Mara said Wednesday. “There are many reasons why we wouldn’t. Although we can’t afford it, but more importantly, with the allegations out there now, it just isn’t right for us.”
“Now” is one of the key phrases there, but it doesn’t look like the Giants, who have a new general manager at Joe Shuen, will try to find a way to include Watson on their roster. Instead, they plan to build around former Duke quarterback Daniel Jones.
“Since we’re on a salary cap, and legal issues are pending, I don’t know how you can go down that path now,” Schwinn said.
The former Clemson star deserves credit for the Bengals transformation
As the Cincinnati Bengals prepare to play the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game Sunday in Kansas City, people will look at the Bengals’ transformation and say it began with the drafting of Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and even the former Clemson player. T Higgins.
Watson is still under contract with the Houston Texans and is seeking a trade, but he did not play at all in 2021 due to 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault or misconduct. There is a belief around the NFL that its legal woes can be settled out of court in time for the agency’s start and free deals in March.
It’s fair to wonder, however, how many other people in the NFL feel like Mara and wouldn’t consider the idea of taking Watson, even when the legal case is settled. There will certainly be teams in need of a quarterback, but Mara’s position has weight. Giants is a highly respected organization that has had the same family ownership for generations.
This league, though, places such an emphasis on the quarterback position that some teams will be willing to cut a deal with the Texans after the legal situation is resolved, but Houston will still have high demands for Watson.
Mara’s position can make a difficult situation even more difficult.
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