Two teams that were on the lookout for a new quarterback got their quota filled on Monday, sending shockwaves through the NFL.
The New York Jets sent former third overall pick Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for a number of draft picks.
Now that Darnold has a new team, all signs indicate that his old team, the Jets, will fill their role at quarterback in April’s NFL Draft.
That is unless there’s one last trade out there to be made – for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson’s name has been all over the place this offseason. He publicly expressed his desire to be traded out of Houston after the team made what he felt were questionable moves in the front office, and then 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and sexual harassment during sessions with massage therapists were filed against him.
Many teams would love to acquire Watson’s talent, but few are excited about the crazy price that Houston has reportedly been asking for their franchise quarterback.
The Texans also don’t exactly want to deal Watson, and it will take a lot for them to give the former 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft up.
With the Panthers having filled their QB slot and the Jets likely selecting a quarterback in the upcoming draft, Watson’s options are shrinking.
At one point there were a number of teams that were connected with Watson, but now it might be wise for Houston to start working the phones and finding a trade partner.
So which teams might still be willing to take a chance on Watson?
At the top of the list has to be the Miami Dolphins, a team that has been connected with Watson since it came to light that he wanted to be dealt.
Tua Tagovailoa is the starter for the Fins at the moment, but that would all change if the team acquired Watson.
The Fins already lost quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to Washington this offseason.
The Chicago Bears have two QBs, Andy Dalton and Nick Foles, who will fight it out for the starter role, but if they could land Watson, everything would change for Chicago and their offense in 2021.
The Bears gave Dalton a solid one-year deal worth $10 million to come in and be the starter, and Foles is still a viable option as a 1-2 backup.
The Denver Broncos are another team that might be on the list of teams interested in Watson, though they’ve given plenty of playing time to Drew Locke the last two seasons.
Each QB transaction makes it tougher and tougher for the Texans to move Watson, and time is quickly ticking away for Houston to play ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ with its franchise QB.