Deshaun Watson trade rumors are circulating once more after the Texans quarterback chose to report for the team’s training camp.
While that may seem like a positive sign for Texans fans, Watson has made it clear that he still wants to be traded, and it’s likely that his decision was fueled by financial motives as he would have had to pay up to $1.4 million in fines if he missed out entirely.
The Texans acknowledged that they would be open to hearing trade offers from various teams, but there is still a long way to go before Watson is traded. For one, the Texans asking price is steep, and two, Watson is still facing 22 lawsuits that are yet to be settled.
Both of those factors combined along with the fact that Watson has a no-trade clause (giving him some control over where he goes) mean that a trade is unlikely in the near future. However, if there was a deal on the table, which teams would make the ideal landing spots for Watson? Here are the top three locations Watson could go to.
The #Texans are now willing to listen — and have been for some time — to trade offers for star QB Deshaun Watson, multiple sources tell me and @RapSheet. But the price is high for a player of his caliber, and should be. It’d likely take at least three first-round picks and more.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 26, 2021
Deshaun Watson Trade Rumors: Top 3 Landing Spots For Embattled Texans Quarterback
1. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have committed to building around Tua Tagovailoa, pairing him back up with his Alabama teammate Jaylen Waddle and signing Will Fuller, but if they have a chance to get Watson, they’re more than ready to pull the trigger.
The Dolphins have reportedly been monitoring Watson’s situation, keeping an open mind with things. Xavien Howard is the biggest asset Miami would have to offer, and it seems likely that if a deal were to go down, the star cornerback would be included.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles make this list for a similar reason as the Dolphins. They too are committed to starting Jalen Hurts, hopeful for a strong sophomore season. They even followed in Miami’s footsteps, picking up another Alabama wide receiver to reunite with their quarterback in Devonta Smith.
However, the Eagles are also desperate, and they have the draft capital required to match the Texans crazy demands. If Carson Wentz can play 75% of snaps or 70% while making the playoffs with the Colts, the Eagles will have three first round picks to offer Houston.
3. Denver Broncos
The Broncos were rumored to be at the top of Watson’s list earlier when news of his trade request first broke out, and it looks like they could still be in the running for Watson’s services. Denver was hoping to land one of Watson or Rodgers this offseason, but both routes have seemed to fail up till now.
Additionally, they don’t really have a young quarterback that they’re ready to commit to either unlike the other two teams on this list. Drew Lock hasn’t shown that he can be a franchise quarterback and Teddy Bridgewater is still looking to find an identity. Watson would be a huge upgrade.