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The Saints have submitted a trade offer for Texans QB Deshaun Watson

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Here we go. The New Orleans Saints have submitted a trade offer for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Report by Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, just like the Carolina Panthers. Other teams are also pursuing Watson, who was acquitted Friday of criminal charges stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct by 22 women in the Houston area. Pelissero adds that the business package to acquire Watson is substantial, including three future first-round draft picks.

Watson may have been acquitted of criminal conduct, but that is the case in the vast majority of sexual assault cases in America. It doesn’t mean he hasn’t done anything wrong. And he clearly feels that he is innocent of having done wrong. That is not the behavior of someone who is remorseful or looking to avoid these situations in the future.

Let’s face it: Acquiring Watson comes at a cost to the Saints beyond the trade package Houston might receive. Bringing him in would be a slap in the face to all sexual assault survivors and those around them in the fanbase. And the saints know it. They’re betting they can take the PR hit, win a lot of football games, and cover all of this up. In purely evaluating what Watson has done on the field, he is a top-five quarterback in the prime of his career.

The Saints are obviously willing to pay the price for that. Watson has a no-trade clause that he will exercise by meeting with the teams before any trades can be agreed upon. If he’s not interested in going to New Orleans, he won’t go there. But if the Saints are willing to go that deep into the process, then they have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to make him happy. Stay tuned.

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