Deshaun Watson Trade Possibilities


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Sep 24, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) warms up before the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Felix Ronchetti, Writer

Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans. So, news came out recently that not only did the Texans find their head coach of the future, but their star QB Deshaun Watson requested to be traded out of Houston. It started when the Texans needed to get a new head coach. Deshaun Watson was promised that he would be able to help their decision, but they ignored his suggestions and picked one without him. I have thought about this a lot, but it makes no scene for the Texans to trade him. Deshaun Watson is arguably a top 5 QB, and he has been playing really well, and he just signed a massive contract in September. But, if the Texans want Deshaun Watson to stay, they need to fix their team. They have an awful o-line, awful defense, and no receiver after trading away Deshaun Watson’s friend and stud receiver DeAndre Hopkins, yet he still put up great numbers in 2020. Now, if the Texans do trade Watson, they would need to be getting a lot of draft capital, and lots of players, but not many teams have that many assets. While it is fun to say, it would be so cool if he went blah blah blah, it’s probably not gonna happen. One option would be the New York Jets. The Jets have 2 first-round picks this year and 2 first-round picks next year, and it would take about that much to pry Deshaun Watson from the Texans. Also, it seems as though the Jets are ready to move on from Sam Darnold. Deshaun has an agreement in his contract that he has some say in where he doesn’t want to go, and I can’t confirm this, but there are rumors that Watson wouldn’t mind going to the Jets, but as I said, I can’t confirm this. One of the other teams in the talk is the Miami Dolphins. This doesn’t make too much sense because last year they drafted Tua Tagovailoa, but there are rumors. When you look at The 49ers as a trade, it looks like they would offer 2 first-round picks and Jimmy Garoppolo, or one of their defensive weapons. This won’t happen because they will probably go after Lions QB Mattew Staford because he will be easier to trade for, but maybe. Next up, the Carolina Panthers. This would make sense because that would move him over to the NFC, and then they wouldn’t have to play him as much. Also, they have the 8th overall pick and they could probably add Teddy Bridgewater and Robby Anderson, but that might not be what the Texans are looking for. Another thing I saw floating around was Cristian McCaffery, but that is mind-boggling, and the Texans would have to give more than just Watson. Finally, the Chicago Bears. You may have heard they have a QB problem, and putting Deshaun Watson on that team would make them easy contenders. They have a spectacular defense, and they have Allen Robinson for him to throw to, but they might lose him. But again it comes down to can the Bears afford this, and do they have the draft capital to do this which they kinda don’t have. Again, it would be nice to move him to the NFC. It comes down to what they can offer. The one that makes the most sense to me is the Jets because of their draft capital and the fact that it has rebuilt itself over the past couple of years, but they still went 2-14. Let’s just wait and see where he will fall, if he is traded at all.