Giants won't be trading for Deshaun Watson, says John Mara

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Deshaun Watson navy Texans jersey
Deshaun Watson navy Texans jersey

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is available via trade, but the Giants will not be the team dealing for him.

Speaking on Wednesday after introducing Joe Schoen as the new GM, Giants co-owner John Mara ended all speculation about the Giants and Watson.

"We're not trading for Deshaun Watson," Mara told reporters when asked about the possibility.

Pressed on why not, Mara was blunt.

"There's so many reasons why we wouldn't do that," he said. "Cap-wise we couldn't afford it, but more importantly with the allegations that are out there right now that's just not the right fit for us."

Schoen also weighed in on the Watson situation and had a similar answer.

"Knowing where we are salary-cap-wise and the pending legal issues, I don’t know how we could go down that road," Schoen said.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has been reporting for months that the Giants trading for Watson was highly unlikely, while citing the two factors Mara and Schoen laid out on Wednesday.

Watson is currently facing two dozen civil lawsuits, multiple criminal complaints, and allegations of sexual assault.

He did not play at all for the Texans in 2021 after requesting a trade in January, with the Texans initially requesting an enormous package in return. His trade request was made a few months before the allegations of sexual assault were made against him.