The deal is done. Sort of.
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John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans and Miami Dolphins have agreed on trade terms for quarterback Deshaun Watson, and Houston “should get the three first-round picks they’ve been asking for.”
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has approved a Watson trade, but he wants his legal issues resolved. … Before a deal can be completed, Ross would have to find out from commissioner Roger Goodell if Watson would be suspended under the personal conduct policy, and if so, how many games he would miss.
Goodell talked about Watson Tuesday at the league owners meetings in New York. According to ESPN, Goodell says the NFL doesn’t have enough information about the more than 20 accusations of sexual misconduct Watson faces, so the league can’t decide what punishment (if any) the QB will face. Goodell also said that at this time, the league won’t place Watson on the commissioner’s exempt list.
“Obviously, the police have been investigating, and we don’t have access to all of that information at this point in time,” Goodell said. “We pride ourselves on not interfering in that and in being as cooperative as we can in order to get all the facts. I think that process is still ongoing.”
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The 26-year-old Watson, who has been inactive for every game this season, requested a trade earlier this year. In addition to the Dolphins, the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles had been most closely linked in trade talks for the three-time Pro Bowl selection.
The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. ET.
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