5 Destinations for Deshaun Watson

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve seen for weeks the situation bubbling over with Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. He believes owner Cal McNair promised to keep him in the loop in the team’s GM search, and then McNair and EVP Jack Easterby did an end-around, bypassing the committee the team had hired for the search, to hire Easterby’s former Patriots colleague Nick Caserio. Ultimately, the situation now appears unsalvageable. This MMQB story explains it all in thorough detail.

“There is a growing sense from people in and around the Texans’ organization that Deshaun Watson has played his last snap for the team,” Adam Schefter reports. “It’s early in the off-season, there’s a lot of time left, but Watson’s feelings cannot and should not be underestimated.”

With that in mind, here are five teams that make sense for Watson (while keeping in mind that he has a no-trade clause):

1. New York Jets

The Jets have the most ammo to make a major move for Watson. They have the second overall pick in the Draft, and they also have the Seahawks’ pick (23rd overall) from the Jamal Adams trade. Sam Darnold could also potentially be included in a trade package. The Jets could also absorb the loss of draft picks because they have ample cap space to build around Watson.

2. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are ironically in a great position to make a move because of a different move the Texans made to protect Watson. Miami owns Houston’s third overall pick in the Draft from the Laremy Tunsil trade. They also have their own pick, 18th overall. They could put together an attractive picks package, and if the Texans like Tua Tagovailoa that would be another potential carrot.

3. San Francisco 49ers

This would be the ideal situation from Watson’s perspective because Kyle Shanahan is an offensive guru. However, with the 12th overall pick in the Draft, the 49ers would not have the type of assets to compete with the Jets or Dolphins should either team go all-in.

4. Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders are in a similar spot to the Niners where because they pick 17th overall it will be hard for them to compete with the Jets or Dolphins. However, Jon Gruden is entering Year 4 of his second tenure with the Raiders and he has to know at this point that he needs to do whatever it takes to land one.

5. Chicago Bears

Ditto what we said about the Raiders and 49ers with Draft assets — they pick 20th overall. Bears fans nonetheless salivate about the possibility that Ryan Pace’s decision to trade up for Mitchell Trubisky and pick him ahead of Watson (and Patrick Mahomes!) could come full circle. How many first round picks would it take them to get the Texans to agree to the move?

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. When management extended his contract by $154,000,000, Watson assumed his own god-like status which in his tweet world meant whining about everything he doesn’t like and taking a knee during the National Anthem.
    On a positive note, he toiled in 2020 with a very average team and actually made many of his offensive players look supernatural in the stats game. Watson was a weekly sure thing in fantasy play, too. But rewarding a 4-12 QB? Seriously?
    He looks like damaged goods now? Or, should Urban Myer make the trade of Trevor Lawrence at #1 for a win-now baby theme? Only, after consulting with Dabo since he knows both players very well.

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