The race to trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is down to the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints after the Carolina Panthers were informed on Thursday they were out of the running, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Cleveland Browns were informed earlier Thursday that they also were out, a source said.

The Falcons and Matt Ryan agreed to push back the $7.5 million roster bonus due to the quarterback from Friday to Tuesday, giving Ryan four extra days to vet his trade options, sources told Schefter.


Source: Browns out of running to land Watson
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The Saints also made multiple moves earlier Thursday to absorb Watson’s $35 million salary in a potential trade, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates, restructuring the contracts of quarterback Taysom Hill, defensive backs Bradley Roby and Malcolm Jenkins and linebacker Demario Davis to leave the team with $29.9 million in cap space

Watson did not play last season following an offseason request to be traded and the emergence of 22 lawsuits against him alleging sexual assault and inappropriate conduct during massage sessions.

A Texas grand jury declined to indict Watson on criminal charges last Friday, signaling the end of criminal proceedings related to him in Harris County and kickstarting trade talks between the Texans and interested teams.

The lawsuits, which are separate from the criminal case, are still pending. Watson answered questions on two of the 22 lawsuits filed against him during ongoing depositions Tuesday.

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