Not often does the opportunity to acquire a top 5 quarterback in the NFL ever come to pass. Certainly not one who’s only at the tender age of 25 years old. And say what you want about the Houston Texans and their disastrous 2020 campaign. Deshaun Watson is every bit as great in spite of their 4-12 record.
Sometimes numbers can and do lie. I have a hard time buying that in this case.
That said, it’s official. Watson wants out of Houston in the worst way. So rather than haggle his worth I’m going to list you the teams in the league that should really put some serious thought into trading for him.
In no particular order of course:
New York Jets: I don’t know how the Jets feel about Sam Darnold. He ain’t Watson good though. Let’s start there.
Miami Dolphins: I’d love to see the franchise see it through with Tua Tagovailoa. But Miami has the assets to make a trade work. They have to consider it.
Chicago Bears: Maybe the Bears can correct the mistake of passing on both Watson and Patrick Mahomes. Nick Foles is still living off his miraculous 2017 Super Bowl run in Philadelphia. The reality is he’s not a quality starting quarterback in the league. Mitchell Tribiski is well....you do the math.
Detroit Lions: They’re about to lose Matthew Stafford anyway so an inquiry wouldn’t hurt.
Carolina Panthers: I like Teddy Bridgewater. But let’s be real. He’s not the future.
Denver Broncos: Don’t get me wrong. Drew Lock is ok. But……
New York Giants: They should. But they won’t. Because Dave Gettleman is stubborn and committed to seeing it through with turnover prone Daniel Jones.
Philadelphia Eagles: Odds are with a new head coach added with the team currently in salary cap hell, it is more likely they make things work with Carson Wentz for at least another season.
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees is likely going to retire. No clue how the team feels in Jameis Winston. Taysom Hill is not the answer. Also they are another NFL stuck in cap hell.
Las Vegas Raiders: We sure Jon Gruden believes in Derek Carr?
Washington Football Team: Alex Smith is one hit away from his career ending. We sure he isn’t considering retirement this offseason.
Indianapolis Colts: Philip Rivers just retired. Indy has arguably the best offensive line in the league. Makes too much sense except Houston essentially would be trading Watson within the same division.
San Francisco 49ers: Without really knowing their financials, it’s clear Jimmy Garropollo cannot stay healthy nor has broken from the pack. A Watson acquisition immediately puts the Niners right back as a Super Bowl contender.