Deshaun Watson to the Eagles? Barrett Brooks thinks he could soon be

Barrett Brooks has a good sense of things. The long-time host of Eagles Postgame Live on NBC Sports, Philadelphia is also connected. So when Brooks, an affable one-man bear who played 12 seasons in the NFL — his first four with the Eagles, after being drafted in the second round of the 1995 draft out of Kansas State — says something , there is a legitimacy behind it.

Recently, Brooks said the following which caught the attention of more than one locally: “I think it could really happen that Deshaun Watson comes to the Eagles maybe by Friday, but the Eagles to wrap up the deal are going to have to let some guys go, with all three first-round draft picks.

Brooks says his information comes from an “in the know” source with some knowledge of the inner workings of the NFL.

What makes this possible is the big hammer the Eagles hold: picks Nos. 15, 16 and 19 in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Also making this a possibility came on Monday when the Eagles signed free agent and former Temple star Haason Reddick, helping fill the Eagles’ rush needs.

“You take risks with any draft pick for your future, but when you have an established quarterback like Watson, that’s gold with any organization,” said Brooks, who comes to re-sign with Eagles Postgame Live for another two years, while allowing him to play his college games on weekends. “The source I heard about is related, and I mean related to the organization. There’s no doubt that the deal will involve all three first-round picks, and speaking to the source, Howie Roseman (manager Eagles general) does his homework and is willing to take risks.

“I would say it’s about 90 per cent that could happen. It was brought up in casual conversation and it went so far as to say it was a done deal, the Eagles want Watson that bad. This move would put the Eagles in a new position. Watson is only 26 and Jalen Hurts is only 23. Getting Reddick changes what they were going to do in round one.

“When you look at everything, it makes sense. We are talking about a signing bonus of $5 million and a base salary of $35 million. That would go straight to the Eagles’ salary cap on Friday, after the league’s new year kicks off. The first three rounds are worth their weight in gold. But it’s going to be more than three first rounds. Everyone on the Eagles right now is expendable. Even Jalen hurts. The Eagles have a capable replacement in Gardner Minshew.

“When I spoke to this source, the gentleman told me that even next year’s first-round pick would be on the line. We’re talking about Deshaun Watson.

Eagles media and public relations would take three times as long, given the beleaguered quarterback still has 22 civil lawsuits pending, even though all nine criminal complaints of sexual assault or harassment were dropped last Friday. by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. .

It’s definitely a very emotional moment for me,” Watson told an onslaught of media speaking for the first time since he last played a game at the end of the Texans’ 2020 season. “Today is definitely a great day and I am thinking of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for making the truth heard and I thank everyone involved in this to see and hear both sides.

“I know we are far from done dealing with what we have to deal with legally, but today is definitely a big day. That’s what my point and my team wanted to do is have a fair list of us telling our side of the story and let the conclusion come to what happened today, and that’s what that the grand jury decided. I will just keep fighting to rebuild my name and rebuild my appearance in the community. And legally, we take care of what we have to manage. But I’m also preparing to go out there and prepare for it.

The Eagles faced terrible backlash when they signed Michael Vick in August 2009, after Vick was convicted in August 2007 of conspiracy and running a dogfighting operation and was sentenced to 23 months from federal prison. He has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL. After serving his sentence in July 2009, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally lifted Vick’s suspension, allowing him to sign with any NFL team.

Let’s see what happens next with Watson, who has interest from the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has the right to reject potential trades. He has already said “no” to the Seattle Seahawks.

Roseman is known in NFL circles for hiding well in the shadows.

It continues to be interesting to watch.