NFC South team to make 'aggressive offer' for Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson

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NFC South team to make 'aggressive offer' for Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson

The Carolina Panthers plan to make an "aggressive offer" for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, per Field Yates of ESPN. On Friday, it was announced Watson would not face any criminal charges stemming from his sexual assault allegations.

Watson requested a trade from the Texans after the 2020 season but it was hard for the Texans to trade Watson while it was unclear if he would face criminal charges. Now, when it's clear that Watson won't face any criminal charges, teams are expected to call the Texans and inquire about Watson.

The Panthers traded for Sam Darnold a year ago but they weren't too thriller with how the former No. 3 pick played last year and it's not a surprise that they want Watson.

Watson 'relieved' after the judge's decision

"It's definitely a very emotional moment for me.

I know we're far from being done of handling what we need to handle on the legal side, but today is definitely a big day," Watson, speaking to reporters for the first time in over a year, said at a news conference outside his lawyer's office building.

"I thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ for letting the truth be heard. And I thank everyone that was a part of this for seeing and hearing both sides. That's what my point and my team wanted to do, is have a fair slate of us telling our side of the story and letting the conclusion come to what happened today, and that's what the grand jury decided on.

"I'm just going to keep fighting to rebuild my name and rebuild my appearance in the community. And on the legal side handle what we need to handle. But also ready to get on the field, and prep for that." Watson's lawyers confirmed "some sexual activity" happened but during his massage appointments but underlined he never coerced anyone.

"We are delighted that the grand jury has looked at the matter thoroughly and reached the same conclusion we did," Rustin Hardin, Watson's lead attorney, said in a statement. "Deshaun Watson did not commit any crimes and is not guilty of any offenses.

Now that the criminal investigations have been completed, we are happy to move forward with the civil case depositions. We will vigorously defend those cases with every ounce we have."