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The Washington Football Team is in desperate need of a long-term, franchise quarterback. Deshaun Watson, while seemingly expensive, could be a possible target. There will obviously be competition for his services, but should Washington even consider it?
According to Jeremy Fowler at ESPN, Washington is one of several teams that could be in play for Watson. In order to win the sweepstakes, it would take at least three first-round picks — and could be more, depending on draft position and other factors.
So, back to the question. Should Washington consider bringing in Watson? The answer is yes, absolutely.
There are a lot of holes on the roster, none of which will be fixed by bringing in the Clemson product. With that being said, there is absolutely no way a team can win consistently in the NFL without quality play at the quarterback position.
Decision-makers in NFL front offices are constantly searching for that guy. And having the opportunity to land a known commodity such as Watson is a rare occurrence. It doesn’t matter the cost, go get him if you can.
If that’s three first round picks, so be it. If that has to include a quality starter … once again, so be it.
Now, that would also mean that Watson would have to want Washington as well. Due to the no-trade clause built into his contract, he controls where he wants to go, in some ways. The Miami Dolphins are a strong possibility, and maybe the New York Jets are too.
Washington? That remains to be seen. The point is that it shouldn’t come down to asking price. Take advantage of the rare opportunity, and worry about how to accumulate more talent at other positions later. Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson will certainly thank you for it.
Ethan Cadeaux with NBC Sports recently did a great job breaking down the case for and against making the deal. Me? I don’t think there should be any reasonable stop signs. But Cadeaux at least takes a look at the other side of things.
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