5 factors that could see the Panthers go back for Deshaun Watson in 2022

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What are some big factors that could see the Carolina Panthers make yet another move for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in 2022?

After all the speculation linking Deshaun Watson with a trade before the deadline, the Houston Texans quarterback didn’t get his wish and now looks set to be a healthy scratch for the entire season. The Carolina Panthers were keeping a close eye on the former Clemson star – as they have since the offseason – but eventually decided that the asking price coupled with complications off the field made any potential move a massive gamble they couldn’t go through with.

It appeared as if the Miami Dolphins were poised to make a splash and end this long saga. They were given permission to speak with Watson at the 11th hour, which wasn’t enough time to rubber-stamp the move.

This leaves the Watson sweepstakes on hold until next spring. Depending on what transpires away from the gridiron between now and then, there could be a queue of teams – including the Panthers – who could be in the market to make an offer.

The whole situation was incredibly tiresome for many.

But make no mistake, the buzz will begin almost as soon as the 2021 campaign comes to a conclusion.

For now, Watson and anybody else that wants him must wait. And there could be plenty more twists and turns in this tale to come.

With this in mind, here are five factors that could see the Panthers make another bold trade move for Watson in 2022.