The NFL season is officially over and the offseason is about to begin. As most football fans know, the Houston Texans are dealing with a unique situation regarding QB Deshaun Watson.
Watson, 25, has been non-responsive to the Texans ownership for weeks, and the QB’s time in Houston has most likely come to an ugly ending. The star player just signed a no-trade clause in his five-year, $156 million deal, meaning he will determine where he lands if Houston decides to move on.
That’s the big question, will Houston move on from Deshaun Watson?
All the signs from the media say yes, but Houston is still remaining stout on keeping their QB in several interviews, Texans personnel has stated that Watson is and will be a Houston Texan.
Let’s take a look on trade destinations, and possible trade scenarios that could pry Watson out of Houston if they chose to do so.
Panthers receive: QB Deshaun Watson, 2021 6th-round pick.
Texans receive: 2021 1st-round pick (8th overall), 2022 1st-round pick, 2024 1st-round pick, QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Carolina is reportedly going to be “all in” on Watson and will do “whatever it takes” to get him in a Panthers uniform. No report has said that the 1st-round picks have to be consecutive, so Carolina ends up keeping a 2023 1st-round pick to salvage in their mega-trade. It only makes sense to send QB Teddy Bridgewater over to at least compete for Houston’s starting role, possibly groom at young QB who the Texans could grab at #8 in the draft.
Broncos receive: QB Deshaun Watson, 2021 5th-round pick.
Texans receive: 2021 1st-round pick (9th overall), 2022 1st-round pick, 2023 1st-round pick, 2024 3rd-round pick.
The Broncos have not had an answer at QB since Peyton Manning, and that legend was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. John Elway needs to find an answer at QB fast and Deshaun Watson is the most immediate fix possible. Watson in the Denver offense would be insane with receivers Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy and TE Noah Fant.
Bears receive: QB Deshaun Watson.
Texans receive: 2021 1st-round pick (20th overall), 2022 1st-round pick, Allen Robinson (sign and trade), 2022 5th-round pick.
The Bears have been talking around the league about a potential sign and trade with WR Allen Robinson, so why not send the star over to Houston to fill the DeAnde Hopkins hole. Of course, in this case, Houston would want to trade for a QB as well to compliment Robinsons talent.
San Francisco 49ers
49ers receive: QB Deshaun Watson, 2021 4th-round pick.
Texans receive: 2021 1st-round pick (12th overall), 2021 3rd-round pick, 2022 1st-round pick, 2023 1st-round pick.
As we know, Jimmy Garrapolo has fallen off since the Super Bowl lose to the Kansas City Chiefs, just over a year ago. He has barely played since and has been inconsistent and inaccurate for a team that could easily be a Super Bowl contender every season with their elite defense. A trade for Deshaun Watson would immediately make San Francisco one of the most dangerous team in the league all-around. I’m sure John Lynch would easily make this deal and send away Jimmy G for an additional 4th for this 49ers organization.