The Steelers also shouldn’t be counted on of the race to sign Watson. Mike Tomlin is one head coach that isn’t afraid to face a controversy head-on. He might be the perfect personality to help Watson keep his focus on the field despite the criticism he’ll inevitably face. Pittsburgh, of course, needs to acquire a signal-caller capable of taking over for Ben Roethlisberger this offseason.
On the field, Watson looks like an ideal fit for the offensive talent that’s already assembled in Pittsburgh. The Steelers will go into next season with a deep, talented group of wide receivers no matter what happens with JuJu Smith-Schuster’s free agency. In particular, the idea of Watson pushing the ball down the field to a big-bodied wideout like Chase Claypool should excite Pittsburgh fans.
The Steelers are typically a conservative franchise, but it’s worth pointing out that they stood by Roethlisberger when he was accused of sexual assault back in 2010. Pittsburgh’s ownership might be hesitant to face that kind of criticism again, but there is some precedent for the Steelers being willing to back a player against the sort of issues Watson is facing.
The number of teams interested in Watson will ultimately work in Houston’s favor. Someone is going to blink based on their need to acquire a high-level starting quarterback and offer something close to the Texans’ asking price. The Seahawks might be that team in the aftermath of dealing away the face of their franchise.