Deshaun Watson, the biggest trade in NFL history?
Deshaun Watson has “formally” asked for that the Houston Texans deal him to a brand-new group which, disallowing some unpredicted repair of relations, sets in movement what ought to be the most significant sell NFL history.
The NFL Network ought to make it a truth program: “Billion Dollar Listing: Houston.”
Watson is a 25-year-old super star with remarkable management abilities. He’s the meaning of a franchise quarterback — on the field, in the locker space and around the neighborhood.
He played tough and harmed last season for an inefficient, losing group that traded away his finest receiver and fired its coach. He finished 70.2 percent of his passes and tossing for 4,823 lawns and 33 goals (versus simply 7 interceptions) while hurrying for 444 more lawns and 3 ratings.
Patrick Mahomes is most likely a much better gamer, however by just how much? Watson and the Texans did have a 24-point lead on Kansas City in in 2015’s playoffs, after all.
All of which is to state that people like this never ever go on the marketplace.
For this to even be possible needed a uniquely bad scenario in Houston, paired with the modern-day gamer empowerment motion, an extraordinary skill who is currently under agreement for 3 more seasons playing the most crucial position on the field at a time when almost 20 groups need a QB.
This is a catastrophe for Houston, who loses what every group desires, however they still can broker this into a genuine future.
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Contributing to the drama is that Watson has a no-trade agreement which suggests Houston simply months ago offered him the right to basically select where he wishes to be traded. Not clever, however if they were clever they wouldn’t have actually gotten separated with their most important property in the very first location.
Houston might constantly inform Watson to pound sand however he’s currently rich and may simply kick back and wait. Besides, Watson has wisely not in-depth precisely why he is so mad with the Texans owners, although there have actually been tips. Whatever it is, it’s unlikely to center on third-down play calling or something innocuous like that.
Trade him and whatever dirty laundry may exist might remain hidden. Get in a war of wills and who knows what tales Watson has to tell. What’s that worth to the McNair Family?
As for the rest of the league, it’s time for a full asset analysis. Other than a few teams, Watson would be an upgrade at either talent, circumstance (namely his age) or both.
Miami is certainly one of the favorites here. They have actually two first-round picks this year, their own at 18 and one they got from the Texans at No. 3 through a prior trade. They also have Houston’s second-round pick in 2021. They could also deal young quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has a more favorable rookie contract, which would free up salary cap space for Houston to spend on other players.
Tagovailoa was the fifth pick overall last year and while he might not have been great as a rookie, he wasn’t that bad either. His basic numbers (64.1 completion percentage, 11-5 TD-Int ratio, 6.3 yards per attempt) compare with Watson’s as a rookie (61.8, 19-8, 8.3).
Watson is a sure thing, but have the Dolphins already soured on Tagovailoa already? Mahomes, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield. Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and a lot of other great QBs didn’t do anything as a rookie, mostly because they were allowed to sit and learn.
The New York Jets have a still-young QB in Sam Darnold, a slew of picks this year (four in the top 66) and the lure of Manhattan with a fresh young coaching staff to offer both Houston and Watson.
New Orleans has a ready built Super Bowl contender and, presuming Drew Brees is done (or even if he isn’t) the need for a star quarterback. Do you mortgage everything for Watson? Why wouldn’t you? And if you are Watson, getting out of the young-quarterback rich AFC isn’t a bad long term plan.
Indianapolis, San Francisco and Washington all have menacing defenses and are in desperate need of an offensive spark. New England has a ton of cap space and Bill Belichick. Dallas is Dallas. Jacksonville owns the No. 1 pick and a new regime of Urban Meyer. We can go on.
There is no telling who offers what. Or what the motivations of Watson really are. Or what the Texans value going forward. This could go in all sorts of directions, but like a luxury home in a real estate market, the price may rise due to competition and ego.
Whoever wins gets among the fantastic young quarterbacks in football, essentially the most prized possession in the NFL.
What’s that worth to them? And will the Texans, and Watson, feel the same way?
Buckle up, a trade drama like the NFL has actually hardly ever, if ever seen will play out.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.