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Is it possible that Deshaun Watson will be a ‘healthy scratch’ for the whole 2021 season?

Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, stated that he would never play for the team again.
He might receive his dream in theory, but not in the way he envisioned.
In January, Watson demanded a trade, expressing a desire to leave the Texans organization.
Houston refused to move him, turning down offers from all over the league and doing everything they could to persuade the Pro Bowl quarterback to stay.
When the first of 22 sexual misconduct allegations against the Texans franchise quarterback surfaced, it marked the beginning of a legal saga that is still ongoing.
Watson’s NFL future is becoming increasingly questionable as he faces 22 legal lawsuits and ten criminal allegations.
The Texans are open to trading him, but only if they get their original asking price.
Given the uncertainty surrounding Watson, it’s unlikely that any team will be willing to pay the Texans’ high asking price.
Watson is stranded in Houston owing to teams’ aversion to the risks, and ESPN’s Sarah Barshop revealed on Outside the Lines that he may not play again in 2021.
“(Rusty) Hardin claims Watson hasn’t even met with NFL investigators for this, which he says is common of his clients because the NFL prefers to wait until the criminal aspect of the investigation is over before conducting the interview.”
Watson’s participation in Texans activities is currently unrestricted by the NFL.
If that doesn’t change before the start of the season, if the league doesn’t place Watson on the Commissioners Exempt list, we might see him spend the year as a healthy scratch on the Texans 53-man roster.”ESPN’s Sarah Barshop on Deshaun Watson’s Future The NFL isn’t going to rush a decision on Watson.
As the league conducts its own inquiry, which has been criticized by his accusers, it will first await the outcome of the criminal proceedings.
The worst moment to explore a trade for Watson is now for teams like the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins.
Houston isn’t willing to decrease its asking price, even if it means keeping Watson and risking his worth plummeting even further.
Thus, unless anything drastic happens, he’ll be stuck on the Texans’ roster.
It’s possible that the NFL intervenes before the start of the season and places Watson on the Commissioner’s Exempt list, which is essentially paid leave.
If that happens, any time he misses may not be counted toward a possible penalty that will be imposed after the investigations are completed.
It would be surprising if Deshaun Watson played for anyone in 2021, given how he has been used in practice and where he is listed on the depth chart by the Texans.

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NFL Trade Rumors: 5 Trades to Consider After Week One of the NFL Preseason

In 2021, every NFL team has played at least one preseason game, giving fans their first look at their rosters in a live game.
Some teams have had significant players go down with injuries (Neville Gallimore and Anthony Miller), while others already know who will not be on the final roster (Tim Tebow, N’Keal Harry, and Zach Gentry).
After looking at the first week of the NFL preseason, there are already a few deals that could happen, and we’ll look at five of them in this piece.
#1 – Mason Rudolph of the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Tennessee Titans This is a BEAUTIFUL by Mason Rudolph and Diontae Johnson pic.twitter.com/xJPb8QJS05 — Pro Football Network (@PFN365) August 13, 2021 Former AAF starter Logan Woodside did well in the Tennessee Titans’ first NFL preseason game, but it’s still too early to call him the greatest QB2.
Ryan Tannehill is 33 years old, and it’s unknown how long he’ll continue to play or start in the NFL.
Through two games, Mason Rudolph has looked good as a backup, but Dwayne Haskins has the upper hand.
Rudolph could be the second-best quarterback on the Titans’ roster, and he has the potential to be a future interim starter until the front office finds their next franchise quarterback.
#2 – N’Keal Harry of the New England Patriots has been traded to the Chicago Bears.
This year, Nkeal Harry is having a hec of a Training Camp!
#patriots #gopats #nkealharry pic.twitter.com/D8AYe3ngEr — New England Patriots (@Pat_Status) August 8, 2021 N’Keal Harry has had a fantastic training camp since announcing his desire to leave the Patriots.
Nevertheless, it did not carry over to his performance in his first NFL preseason game in 2021, where he only had one catch in 36 snaps.
The New England Patriots appear to have little faith in him in a live game, regardless of how well he’s performed in camp.
Together with Darnell Mooney and Allen Robinson, the Chicago Bears have the genuine deal in QB Justin Fields, and can combine N’Keal Harry with another quick WR.
N’Keal Harry’s chances of turning his fortunes around by the end of the NFL preseason are slim.
#3 – Chicago Bears DT Akiem Hicks to Dallas Cowboys Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers Akiem Hicks wants to retire with the Chicago Bears, but the team may not be prepared to provide him a new contract deal at $9 million or more per year.
After losing 2nd-year defensive tackle Neville Gallimore for up to 8 weeks in their first NFL preseason game, the Dallas Cowboys could use a veteran to step in.
Hicks might be a good starter for a portion of the season, play for a legitimate contender, and even sign a new contract to stick on as a backup or rotational player.
#4 – New England Patriots LB Jahlani Tavai to Detroit Lions #FFIDP Jahlani Tavai takes on guard’s block and almost bounces off him…makes tackle.
Expect the New England Patriots to pursue Jahlani Tavai, whether through trade or waivers. pic.twitter.com/2Kxb8TXz2U — Mike Woellert (@Mike_Woellert) August 18, 2019
When Matt Patricia was the head coach, he chose him in the second round of the 2019 draft, and now he’s back as the defensive coordinator for the Patriots.
During his tenure in Detroit, he was unable to unlock Tavai’s potential, but he could continue his work by bringing his prospect to him.
With Terez Hall and Cameron McGrone both missing the duration of the NFL preseason, the Patriots are in need of a LB.
#5 – Pittsburgh Steelers TE Zach Gentry to Jacksonville Jaguars Zach Gentry talks with @missi_matthews on the role tight ends will play in Coach Canada’s offense, his offseason regimen, and [email protected] | Full : https://t.co/mtNfqIJGWc pic.twitter.com/Uw2hK1lLwb — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 12, 2021
He also failed to make a single catch throughout the contest.
Zach Gentry is set to be released by Pittsburgh at some point, and he might provide the Jaguars with a capable tight end.
Prem Deshpande edited the piece.

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According to reports, the Steelers have acquired LB Joe Schobert from the Jaguars in a trade.

According to various sources, the Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired linebacker Joe Schobert from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a trade.
Schobert, 27, was the NFL’s leading co-tackler in 2017, earning him a Pro Bowl berth with 144 tackles.
Before signing a five-year, $53,750,000 deal with the Jaguars before of the 2020 season, the veteran spent the first four years of his career with the Cleveland Browns.
Schobert has 141 tackles (six for loss), three interceptions, and 2.5 sacks last season.
This article will be updated as time goes on.
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According to an AP source, the Jaguars have traded LB Joe Schobert to the Steelers as part of their rebuilding efforts.

MARK LONG, AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. AP National Sports JACKSONVILLE, Fla.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to trade linebacker Joe Schobert, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Because neither side had publicly signed the contract, the person talked to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Thursday night.
Schobert did confirm the trade to ESPN, saying “wonderful location to play behind that D-line.”
Both teams benefit from the move, and Schobert returns to the AFC North.
Cleveland was his home for the first four years of his NFL career.

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According to reports, the Texans are still trying to persuade Deshaun Watson to return in 2021.

Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, demanded a trade this offseason, determined to leave an organization he no longer trusted before the start of the 2021 season.
Watson’s future in the NFL and with the Texans is still up in the air as Week 1 approaches.
Watson demanded a trade in January and became the hottest name in the NFL trade market almost immediately.
The Texans, on the other hand, refused to trade him, even when teams offered several first-round picks and young assets.
Houston was confident in its ability to mend a strained relationship and had no intention of relocating its star.
The first of 22 sexual misconduct charges against Watson surfaced months later.
He is currently the subject of 22 civil cases and ten criminal complaints.
While the Texans appear to be more open to a trade if a historic price is met, it appears that the team is still fighting to keep the problematic quarterback.
The Texans aren’t giving up on encouraging Watson to stay, according to Yahoo Sports NFL expert Charles Robinson.
While many believe it is impossible, the NFL star’s front office and coaching staff are attempting to persuade him to return for another season.
As Robinson points out, it’s not even about a long-term commitment to Watson.
Instead, the team is attempting to replicate the success of the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers.
The reigning NFL MVP has signed a contract extension for 2021 after the team committed to honor his trade request next year.
This appears to make sense for Houston.
According to reports, Watson’s camp is preparing for possible grand jury proceedings, which would be a big step toward more serious criminal charges.
Inquiring NFL teams would be hesitant to sign Watson, fearing that he would not play at all in 2021.
Houston isn’t interested in trading Watson for a bargain, which is the only offer currently being made.
Thus, until a significantly better offer comes in or Watson’s legal concerns are miraculously rectified, the Texans appear set on keeping him.
But, even if he remains on the roster, the matter will not be resolved.
Watson’s demand for a trade was not swayed by the hiring of David Culley as head coach, a choice made with the locker room in mind.
To avoid playing for the Texans, Watson was willing to sit out numerous games, possibly even the entire 2021 season.
He was dissatisfied with the team’s appointment of general manager Nick Caserio, and reports revealed organizational turmoil under CEO Jack Easterby.
Perhaps Watson is willing to put all of his problems aside in order to be compensated this season.
Even if this is true, the NFL might intervene at any time and send him on paid leave.
In the end, it would be a shock if he ever took another snap for the franchise.

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Xavien Howard asks the Dolphins for a trade: ‘I’m just here so I don’t get fined.’

The 28-year-old agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract, making him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL at the time.
While coming off his greatest season in the league in 2020, he is due $12 million in non-guaranteed money in 2021.
Jalen Ramsey ($20 million AVG), Marlon Humphrey ($19.5 million AAV), Tre’Davious White ($17.25 million AAV), Darius Slay ($16.6 million AAV), and teammate Byron Jones ($16.5 million AAV) all have higher contracts than Howard.
Howard and his agency never asked for a new contract, preferring to propose alternatives such as more guaranteed money.
The Dolphins turned down those pitches, according to the Baylor product.
Howard was chosen 38th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by Miami.
During his five-year career, he has 55 pass deflections and 22 interceptions to go along with two Pro Bowl appearances and a First Team All-Pro selection in 2020.
Regarding Howard’s future, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on “SportsCenter” on Sunday that many in the NFL believe the Houston Texans could be a good fit for the two-time Pro Bowler.
This is due to the fact that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has asked for a trade and has stated that he would accept a transfer to Miami.

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Xavien Howard, a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, has requested a trade after only two seasons on a five-year, $75 million contract.

Xavien Howard: Miami Dolphins CB demands trade two seasons into five-year, $75 million contract Xavien Howard racked up $67,000 in fines after missing minicamp last month Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard requested a trade only hours after arriving to training camp on Tuesday.
Howard issued a post on social media in May 2019, saying he signed a five-year, $75.25 million (PS54.3 million) deal “that I’ll admit I didn’t totally understand” at the time.
“I didn’t grumble for two seasons on that agreement,” Howard added, “but everyone knows I completely surpassed that deal.”
“The footage backs up my claim that I’m one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.”
“We wanted to work things out with the Dolphins, and offered solutions to the table – like guaranteeing more money – that we felt were win-wins for both sides,” Howard said, adding, “I’m the second-highest paid cornerback on my own club, and it’s not even close.” Howard said he never requested for a new deal, adding, “We wanted to work things out with the Dolphins, and presented solutions to the table – like guaranteeing more money – that we felt
“But, the Dolphins turned down all we offered.”
The Dolphins don’t seem to value or respect me.
“I can take a business-first approach just like they can.”
That’s why I’d like to make it plain that I’m not satisfied and have asked for a transfer.” Howard racked up $93,000 in fines after missing Miami’s mandated minicamp last month.
In 2021, the two-time Pro Bowler will earn a basic salary of $12.075 million (PS8.7 million).
Byron Jones, on the other hand, will earn more this season – $14 million (PS10 million) – after signing a five-year, $82.5 million (PS59.5 million) contract in March 2020.
In a video uploaded by the Dolphins earlier on Tuesday, Howard was seen fist-bumping wide receiver Jakeem Grant.
When asked about Howard’s comeback, Dolphins coach Brian Flores was evasive.
“We’re looking forward to working with X and all of the other players here,” he said.
Howard, 28, led the NFL with 10 interceptions and 20 passes defensed last season, adding 51 tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games.
Since being drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Miami, he has 191 tackles, 22 interceptions, and two forced fumbles in 56 career games (55 starts).

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Xavien Howard asks the Miami Dolphins for a trade: ‘I don’t feel valued or respected.’

Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins revealed in a statement Tuesday night that he has requested a trade, arguing that he has outperformed his contract.
Howard stated, “I don’t feel cherished or respected by the Dolphins.”
“I can take a business-first approach just like they can.” Howard reported to training camp on Tuesday after being upset all summer by Miami’s refusal to modify his deal.
Howard signed a five-year, $75 million contract in 2019, making him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL at the time.
But, after a 10-interception season (the most in the NFL since 2007) that won him an All-Pro selection, he is due $12 million in non-guaranteed money this year.
Howard’s contract is now the sixth-best per-year average, and he recently switched agents to help him negotiate a better deal.
“The footage backs up my assertion that I’m one of the finest cornerbacks in the league,” Howard said.
“But, I’m the second best paid cornerback on my own team, and it’s not even close.” In free agency last year, Byron Jones, the corner opposite Howard, signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal.
Howard and his new agent, David Canter, never asked for a new term, preferring to propose alternatives such as more guaranteed money on a modified contract, according to Howard.
The organization turned down those pitches, and he claimed that “the organization has not worked with me in good faith.”
“That’s why I want to be clear that I’m unhappy and have asked for a trade,” Howard stated.
“Until that trade comes, I’m just here to avoid getting fined, and I’ll handle myself like a pro,” Howard said. Howard has the ability to play press-man coverage and catch the ball.
Since joining the league in 2016, he has 22 interceptions and 55 pass deflections.
Just Marcus Peters (23) of the Baltimore Ravens had more picks in that time frame.
In 2019, Miami received two first-round selections in return for left tackle Laremy Tunsil, the last time it traded an outstanding talent.

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Randall Cobb, a former Pro Bowl wide receiver, is apparently being pursued by the Green Bay Packers.

The Green Bay Packers received excellent news earlier this week when it was revealed that Aaron Rodgers’ contract problem would be resolved through a contract renegotiation.
For the time being, at least.
We’re hearing whispers that Rodgers and the rest of his Packers teammates will welcome back an old acquaintance as training camp begins on Tuesday.
Green Bay is reportedly working on a deal with the Houston Texans to bring back veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

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Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins has requested a trade, saying, “I’m not satisfied.”

Xavien Howard, a top cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, has sought a trade from the organization, saying he’s “not content” in Miami, according to an Instagram post by the All-Pro player on Tuesday.
The news comes just hours after Howard reported to training camp following his absence from the Dolphins’ three-day minicamp earlier this month.
“I am only here so I don’t get penalized,” Howard wrote in his post. “We wanted things to work out with the Dolphins, and we offered alternatives to the table — like guaranteeing more money — that we felt were win-wins for both parties,” Howard added.
“There were suggestions for changes that would not only make me feel more valued, but also be cap friendly.”
Howard signed a five-year, $75.25 million agreement with the Dolphins in 2019, but he wants that deal modified after leading the NFL in interceptions last season with ten.
In March 2020, fellow cornerback Byron Jones agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million contract with $46 million guaranteed, and Howard, who outperformed him last season, believed he deserved to be the team’s highest-paid cornerback.
“The footage backs up my assertion that I’m one of the finest cornerbacks in the league,” Howard said.
“The jobs I’m given, such as shadowing the opposition’s greatest player with little assistance, demonstrate my worth, my value.”
Nevertheless, on my own team, I’m the second highest paid cornerback, and it’s not even close.” The 28-year-old veteran has 22 interceptions in 56 career games, all with the Dolphins.