Could A Multiple Team Deal Bring Deshaun Watson Out West To Las Vegas?

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So many high profile players have requested trades and moves that the NFL is shaping up to be the wild, wild west this offseason.

Last weekend, we saw a huge chip drop in the quarterback ranks. The Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions pulled off a deal that sent Jared Goff to Detroit in exchange for future picks and quarterback Matthew Stafford.

How this trade works out in the long run is anyone’s guess, but it’s very likely not the only QB trade that will take place this offseason.

The other big name still on the market is Texans QB Deshaun Watson, who has asked to be dealt from Houston. This ongoing Watson/Texans saga is starting to make Days of Our Lives look like a Sunday school picnic.

There’s been plenty of speculation about where Watson will end up. The front runners are the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and the Washington Football Team.

Another team that needs a quarterback is the Indianapolis Colts now that their 2020 starter, Philip Rivers, has announced his retirement after a long and storied career.

The Colts have decisions to make when it comes to the QB spot. Right now, Jacoby Brissett and Jacob Eason are about the only two options, and Brissett is set to hit free agency next month.

Not only could the Colts use a quarterback, but so could the Las Vegas Raiders, who are always in the mix to make a big splash and have never been afraid to make a deal.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has proposed a deal that involves three teams, with quarterbacks as the main ingredient.

The Raiders would land Watson, giving them a 25-year-old franchise quarterback that Jon Gruden has spoken highly of in the past.

Las Vegas, which just wrapped up their first season in Sin City, would also get a third-round pick in the proposed deal.

Derek Carr, the current Raiders quarterback who is still just 29 years old and who has a career 92.1 QB rating, would trade silver and black for a horseshoe and join the Colts.

What would the Texans net from the deal? Former Tennessee Titans first-round pick QB Marcus Mariota along with their next three first-round picks

The final piece in the deal has the Colts sending their 2021 third-round pick to the Raiders and next year’s fourth-round pick to the Texans.

Pulling off a complicated three-team deal like this in the NFL is usually more trouble than it’s worth, but in this deal, each side would get what it wants. It actually could wind up being a winner for all three teams.

Only time will tell, but it’s clear that Watson will be wearing another team’s uniform once the 2021 season kicks off in September.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. If he goes to the Raiders they might want to develop a playmaker WR. Agholor is a decent #2, and Waller is really good as a receiver, but Ruggs was MIA. He has to be the go to WR. I thought Ruggs was a super star in waiting, but I’m not sure after year 1. Adding Watson gives you one of the best deep throwers in the league, which is how Ruggs can do most damage with his freakish speed. It would be a great fit if LA can pull it off.

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