Bettors see the Seahawks as strong favorites to keep quarterback Russell Wilson. Punters have the Texans as favorites to keep QB Deshaun Watson, but the numbers aren’t that strong.
The Texans, through PointsBet, have +250 to be the team that Watson takes his next play with. That means a $ 100 bet will win $ 250 if the Texans keep Watson.
Frankly, that seems too high. By all indications, Watson means what he has said, even if it was only said in private. Watson will not play for the Texans again and no one has reported otherwise. Therefore, if it is a bluff, it is very good.
The Panthers are right behind the Texans, at +300. Then come the Broncos at +400, the Dolphins and 49ers at +700, the Jets at +800 and the Bears at +900.
Of the 22 teams listed, the Packers are the riskiest at +15,000. As with Russell Wilson’s (the Chiefs) gamble, those odds are just too high.
The Cardinals are not listed at all. Yet with a one-way pipeline emerging between Houston and Phoenix, it’s fascinating to think of a Deshaun-for-Kyler Murray trade, a move that would be the biggest quarterback-for-quarterback deal since the Houston Oilers sent Dan Pastorini. Raiders Kenny Stabler, if not more significant.
It’s much more realistic to see Watson end up with a team like the Dolphins, as Miami has the ammo to make a deal, thanks in part to Miami having (among other things) Houston’s first-round pick in the 2021 draft. , which also happens to be the third overall pick.