Then there were three.
This week Deshaun Watson met with Cleveland, New Orleans, Carolina, and Atlanta, about rescinding his no trade clause. Nick Caserio was requiring each team to provide a trade proposal before Watson could meet with this teams. Today the picture has become clearer. The Cleveland Browns have dropped out of the race.
Browns notified they’re out of the running on Deshaun Watson, per team official.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2022
Nothing has been heard regarding Carolina, but the rumor is the Falcons will back out if a decision isn’t made today.
#Falcons will back out of Watson sweepstakes if no decision is made today.— Cam Marino (@MarinoNFL) March 17, 2022
And the New Orleans Saints are meeting with Watson a second time, including the owner meeting with Watson. No other team has met with Watson multiple times according to the reports.
Sources: Deshaun Watson meets with Saints for second time, including owner Gayle Benson for first time, decision expected to ultimately come down to Saints versus Falcons: https://t.co/t47d59F7Wd— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 17, 2022
The Saints are also rapidly restructuring contracts to create cap space. Taysom Hill, Bradley Roby, DeMario Davis, and Malcolm Jenkins, were all reworked to create $29.9 million in space. This, plus trading players, will give the Saints enough space to add Watson.
The Saints have restructured the contracts of QB Taysom Hill, CB Bradley Roby, LB DeMario Davis and S Malcolm Jenkins to clear major cap space, per source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 17, 2022
The Saints are now officially at $29.9M in cap space
Watson has met with the Saints twice, the Saints have cleared their cap space, the owner has met with Watson. All signs are pointing to New Orleans at the moment. But as we all know, things change, and until it’s done everything is still uncertain.