Free Deshaun Watson
Talking about some of the top landing spots for Texans Quarterback, Deshaun Watson.
I’m no genius but, I think like most of the NFL’s fan base, we do not think Deshaun Watson will be throwing the ball in Houston. So, where will Watson be playing next season?
One possible suitor for Watson would be Miami. Tua Tagovailoa’s stock is high right now so if Miami can move Tua, the number 3 overall pick, a 4th round pick, and maybe a 3rd rounder next year, then Miami has found their franchise quarterback and Houston gets back the number 3 overall pick they gave to Miami in the Tunsil trade.
Now that Bill O’Brien isn’t the Texans GM they could actually build around Tua. With the number 3 pick, they can take Devonta Smith or Kyle Pitts and could sign a receiver like Kendrick Bourne or John Ross for cheap.
Another viable suitor is the New York Jets. The Jets could trade Sam Darnold, the number 2 overall pick, a third round pick, and a 5th round pick this year and 5th rounder next year. With the number 2 pick they could take a quarterback like Justin Fields or Zach Wilson and try to flip Darnold for a 3rd round pick or they ride with Darnold and take Penei Sewell to help protect Darnold.
If the Jets make this trade, then they need to build around Watson. They would still have the 23rd overall pick and could take tight end, Pat Freiermuth or receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. Then they could sign A.J Green or pick up two cheap receivers like Willie Snead and Mohamed Sanu.
Once again, here comes my Minnesota Vikings bias. If the Vikings could deal Kirk Cousins, the 14th overall pick, Kyle Rudolph, and their 4th round pick for Watson, Minnesota opens up cap space by getting rid of Cousin’s contract. Pairing Watson with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Irv Smith Jr. with Cook out of the backfield, oh man, that is scary.
The only issue I have with this trade as a Vikings fan is that offensive line is a huge need and if we deal the 14th pick, we get do not have the chance to take Wyatt Davis or Alex Leatherwood.
Deshaun Watson could find his way to the Bay Area this offseason if the 49ers want to make a deal for him. They would probably have to give up Jimmy Garoppolo, the 12th overall pick, a 3rd round pick, and a 5th round pick. While Jimmy G is the leagues most handsome quarterback, he won’t win the 49ers a Super Bowl.
If Deshaun Watson gets paired with Kyle Shanahan, who is extremely offensive minded, Deebo Samuel, and George Kittle then Watson could consistently throw for north of 4,500 yards a season.
Another big draw for Watson to goto San Francisco is the offensive line. His o-line is anchored by Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey and would not leave Watson to run for his life like in Houston.
The last scenario I will leave you with is Watson to the Panthers. With top tier weapons like Moore, Samuel, and Christian McCaffrey, Watson would be able to flourish. Matt Rhule and the Panthers would have to give up Teddy Bridgewater, the number 8 pick, a third round pick, and 4th rounder next season.
All though Bridgewater had a decent season, I don’t think he is the guy in Carolina if they can land Watson. It pains me to say that because, Bridgewater is one of my favorite players but, if Carolina can compete they’ll need to land Watson.
A few other places for Watson to land would be Denver, Washington, New England, or Chicago. In reality there are about 16-18 teams that could make a run at Watson and it would all make sense.