Deshaun Watson has officially asked for a trade out of Houston. Watson was unhappy with the Texans for a while and this move was inevitable.
Sources: #Texans QB Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from Houston. He has a no-trade clause, and by virtue of his contract, would decide what places would be acceptable.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 28, 2021
Watson is a franchise quarterback for any team that he joins. Last year, he put up career highs in passing yards, touchdowns, and completion percentage. He led the league in yards, in fact.
Deshaun Watson Potential Trade Destinations:
#1. New England Patriots
The Patriots desperately need a quarterback, and if we know anything about Bill Belichick, it’s that he will not hesitate to pull the trigger on a big name player.
After all, look at the signings of Stephon Gilmore and Antonio Brown. The Pats could finally start to move on from the Tom Brady era in style as they’d pick up one of the brightest talents in the game.
— Oh! Ryan Kelley (@ohryankelley) January 28, 2021
#2. Chicago Bears
There’s almost no way the Bears trust Trubisky or Foles again. Both of them showed to be wildly inconsistent and ultimately, it was quarterback play that doomed the Bears.
The Bears didn’t even pick up Trubisky’s fifth year option so clearly they can move on quite easily. Bringing in Watson would allow them to correct their biggest mistake when they drafted Trubisky over him.
The Bears are a quarterback away from being dangerous and sources have said they’re expected to be major players in the quarterback market this offseason. Why not go big for Watson?
Day 15: Please trade Deshaun Watson to the Bears. pic.twitter.com/w5QxajZqBo
— Devin Maney (@DevinManey) January 21, 2021
#3. New York Jets
The Jets have an interesting scenario. Earlier it was reported that Watson had narrowed down his trade list to the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. That’s certainly good news for the Jets.
However, a trade for Watson would certainly mean that they would have to give up the second overall pick in this year’s draft. Are they willing to do that?
Watson is certainly worth the risk and maybe the Jets just go for it. Regardless, they’re in an interesting position. Keeping the second overall pick gives them a chance to draft a quarterback like Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields, which would save them money.
Additionally, the Jets would probably have to give up more picks for Watson, and so their draft capital would be much weaker. However, this is something that has to be exciting for Jets fans who haven’t seen good quarterback play since Mark Sanchez.
Deshaun Watson Era Set To End In Houston
For Texans fans, this has to be devastating. The Texans had finally found their answer at quarterback after years of inconsistent play from guys like Brian Hoyer, Tom Savage, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
However, after questionable free agency decisions from Bill O’Brien and not keeping Watson happy (they hired a GM without asking him), Watson felt like this was in his best interests.