This offseason will very much be “Deshaun Watson this, Deshaun Watson that,” given the trade request by the Texans superstar quarterback.
The 2020 passing-yard leader is unhappy with the dysfunction and instability surrounding Houston’s organization and would like to play elsewhere in 2021, but it’s going to take a lot for the Texans to part ways with him. They already seem committed to having him be their quarterback next season and the asking price for Watson will be astronomical. Is Watson looking for the best situation or a shot at the Super Bowl?
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, it will take at least two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and two young defensive starters to pull Watson out of Houston.
The Rams-Lions trade will have nothing to do with a Watson trade if the Texans do it. They'll want 2 ones, 2 twos and 2 young defensive starters, at the least. Watson, 25, under contract, great QB, team leader, beloved by fans, pillar of the community. Start with the Jets.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 31, 2021
Which team Will Watson Play for Next Season?
There are teams that possess that type of capital though, one of whom could be the Jets. Gang Green doesn’t seem to be 100% set on current starting quarterback Sam Darnold, and according to FanDuel Sportsbook, is actually the favorite to land Watson this offseason.
- The Jets are +230, partly because they possess the necessary draft picks. Some believe it could actually take at least three first-rounders to trade for Watson, and the Jets possess four first-round picks over the next two years.
- The Texans are then second at +260, which is reasonable. There’s still the chance Watson doesn’t end up on a new team this offseason and remains in Houston, an outcome he wouldn’t be pleased with, to say the least
- Carolina, Miami, and San Francisco have found themselves near the top of the list as well. Each team could indeed make a move for Watson and don’t possess the most ideal quarterback situations.
Of course, the Giants are tied for the lowest odds on the list of 19 teams, and reasonably so. Big Blue seems invested in Daniel Jones and his hopeful development moving forward, but that doesn’t mean the organization can’t be thrown into the conversation. ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky recently provided a scorching take in regard to a hypothetical Giants trade for Watson, one that would include Jones, Saquon Barkley, and three first-round picks being sent to Houston.
"If I was Dave Gettleman of the New York Giants, I would take Daniel Jones, I would take Saquon Barkley and I would take three first-round picks, and I would call Houston."
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) January 29, 2021
Listen, if you’re the Giants: do not do this whatsoever. This is way too much for a guy who may or may not notably increase New York’s win total in 2021.
Don’t forget, if the Texans come to a trade agreement with any team, Watson would need to approve of the deal. He currently possesses a no-trade clause in his very expensive contract.