3 reasons the Carolina Panthers might not go back for Deshaun Watson

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What are some reasons behind the Carolina Panthers potentially giving quarterback Deshaun Watson a wide berth in the trade market?

The Houston Texans may have declared their willingness to listen to offers for star quarterback Deshaun Watson. But that does not mean the Carolina Panthers or anybody else in the league is going to meet their astronomical demands.

Had they decided on this direction in March, it’s a different story.

The Panthers were reportedly ready to go all-in for Watson before the 2021 NFL Draft. But things took a sour turn and forced the organization to look at alternative options.

Watson did show up at training camp for the Texans on Sunday. However, this was to guarantee his salary and reiterate his desire for a fresh start elsewhere despite the new regime stating their intent to keep the former Clemson star around.

Carolina would go from also-rans to potential playoff contenders if they managed to pull off a trade for Watson. The fresh speculation linking the Panthers with another huge offer for the signal-caller has been met by a mixed reaction from the team’s fanbase on social media, so it’s going to be a case of wait and see before anything concrete emerges either way.

There should be plenty of twists and turns to come in this ongoing saga. Here are three reasons why the Panthers might not go back in for Watson, at least in the immediate future.