Deshaun Watson reportedly wants out of Houston and may not be too picky about her next move.
Watson effectively has all the cards in his current situation. Theoretically, the star quarterback could sit down until his informed trade wish is fulfilled. Additionally, the no-trade clause in Watson’s current contract allows the 25-year-old to have the final say in any negotiations Texans may have.
Three teams that have been frequently linked to Watson over the past month apparently don’t have to worry about getting a three-time Pro Bowl green light. ESPN Upstate reported on Monday Watson would approve exchanges the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers.
The Jets and Dolphins are possibly the two most suitable franchises to trade Watson. New York and Miami have a top-three pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, plus other attractive draft capital. The Jets and Fins could also each send a young quarterback with great potential to Houston as a possible addition to Watson.
But don’t rule out the Panthers in the Watson draw, should they open up. Carolina is reportedly willing to do “whatever it takes” to acquire Watson, including including world runner Christian McCaffrey in a trade package. Teddy Bridgewater’s experiment in Charlotte doesn’t appear promising, which could make the Panthers more motivated than the Jets and Dolphins to trade for Watson.
Of course, Texans must first make Watson available before teams can begin putting together swap packages. This process has apparently not yet begun, as Houston is reportedly not even listening to what organizations interested in Watson have to say.
But as we approach the draft in late April, the Texans will soon realize they have no choice but to buy Watson, who would undoubtedly produce a significant return.
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