Buccaneers Bruce Arians explains why popular QB is unlikely to come to Tampa
By Rob Leeds
Deshaun Watson has become a popular name to join the Buccaneers as a new starting quarterback, but the odds are extremely long for this to actually happen.
The Buccaneers are looking for a savior to keep themselves in playoff contention for the 2022 season.
Names like Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Deshaun Watson have received attention from the day Tom Brady announced his retirement, but all are extremely unlikely.
Watson has been an interesting name based on his need for a change of scenery relative to his talent, but Bucs fans shouldn’t count on Watson being the one to keep the Bucs relevant.
Bruce Arians was asked about the prospect of Tampa going after Watson earlier today (amongst many other names), and his explanation showed why this is such a far-fetched plan.
The quote by Arians mentioned that this move would have to get the approval of the franchise. It doesn’t come down to just Arians or Licht. While Arians explained that he is surprised Watson is in this position after knowing him for a while, that won’t be enough to make the deal happen.
As for the important side of this scenario, the Buccaneers organization shows no signs of being willing to tactually sign off on Watson. For that matter, why would any team in the league take a chance on a guy that currently is at risk for criminal charges and major sanctions from the NFL?
Given the current state of things, it doesn’t matter how much a franchise likes Watson or what his asking price is; no organization could handle the blowback of Watson going to prison or getting suspended for a while after investing a mountain of resources into acquiring him.
In the end, this should surprise no one. The draft will be over before we even have any real clarity on what Watson’s future holds, and Buccaneers fans shouldn’t spend much time on expecting this as a realistic option.
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