According to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson, the Bucs are expected to make a formal trade offer for Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, Tampa Bay won’t be alone in their pursuit of Watson. Wilson reports the division rival Saints and Panthers are also expected to make offers. Some reports say New Orleans and Carolina already have official compensation on the table for Houston to consider.

In his report, Wilson writes the following:

The Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and others are all expected to make formal trade offers, according to sources.

On March 11th, Watson cleared a significant hurdle as he seeks to get back on an NFL field. A grand jury elected to not indict Watson of sexual misconduct criminal charges stemming from nine complaints. Watson is still facing civil lawsuits from 22 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

Additionally, the NFL is investigating Watson for violations of its’ personal conduct policy. The criminal charges represented the largest hurdle for Watson to return to action. Now that they have concluded, interest in the signal-caller is picking up around the league. It should be noted Watson can still be suspended by the NFL.

Can The Bucs Be Real Competitors For Watson?

Texans QB Deshaun Watson

Texans QB Deshaun Watson – Photo by: USA Today

As for the Bucs, many have questioned if they can handle Watson’s significant cap hit. But Pewter Report’s Josh Queipo wrote yesterday about how his cap hit won’t be a major hurdle for any team acquiring him. The biggest question with Watson will be how Tampa Bay feels about his off-field concerns. Those concerns could include a significant suspension from the league.

Another interesting aspect of a potential trade is Watson’s no trade clause. The veteran quarterback has a significant say in where he’ll land next thanks to that part of his current contract. He’s been effusive in his praise of Bucs head coach Bruce Arians in the past, which is noteworthy.

Of course, Watson will need to work with the Texans to some degree to get a trade done. The reality is that Tampa Bay likely can’t match the compensation some other teams are offering. The Panthers and Saints both pick higher in the draft order, as do other interested teams. Tampa Bay may have to offer a few more picks, or better compensation from their current roster.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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chefboho
chefboho
3 months ago

Well I’m not sure how the saints can even be considered. They’re still $22 mill over the cap as of yesterday and they have essentially one decent wr and that’s about it. I’m sorry I can’t stand the Saints and I’ll be livid if they are able to land him. Of course they can maneuver dollars around here and there but I feel like they have been cap strained for years now. When will they actually pay for the moves they’ve made. As far as Carolina sure they have pics, but that’s about it. Tampa has to be a better… Read more »

twspin
twspin
3 months ago

Lotta stuff going on with Watson right now. He can go just about wherever he wants with that trade clause. If the Saints somehow pull this off? Look for Famous Jameis to be on our radar once again. And everything might be a smokescreen. Bucs still might be in play. I do think Arians wants Watson. Getting interesting.

fredster
fredster
Reply to  twspin
3 months ago

I’m still on fence the guy is just a scum bag and a Bucs will have to give up so much. Would we realy be contenders losing all those picks? Lots holes on this team. I don’t see him going to Saints as they don’t have lot passing weapons. Saints also feel can compete with Winston I think.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW
3 months ago

If we make this deal, I fully expect it to backfire and limit our ability to improve the team in other areas. Just watch.

danielob
danielob
3 months ago

This would be a major mistake for this francise. Just because Watson doesn’t face any criminal penalties doesn’t mean he is off the hook. Civil burden of proof is not ” beyond a reasonable doubt” it is preponderance of evidence, meaning he could be looking at substancial financial liability, as well as many missed games due to the NFL’s punishment. How many number 1’s are we going to give up for him? 2, 3, as well as some mid round picks? Bankrupting the future for this guy, and lets see, that’s 22 cases of improper conduct with masseuse’s in differrent… Read more »

Buc76
Buc76
3 months ago

Better move quick. Saints and panthers have offers out there. We don’t need to play against him for 10 years like another Brees or Cam Newton. Do a Ditka like he did for Ricky Williams. Get the guy. We have nothing on this roster now and we won’t again for a long time if ever. Do it!

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
WeAretheChamps2002+2021
3 months ago

Bradys coming back! So we don’t need character headaches like Watson!

ScottC543
ScottC543
3 months ago

TB12 IS BACK!!!!!