Deshaun Watson isn’t budging when it comes to saying he’s never going to play for the Texans again in Houston, and despite both sides being stubborn, many in the NFL think that the sides are eventually going to come to a common understanding.
That understanding is that Watson is going to be traded, and in the process, the Texans are going to get either players, draft picks, or both in return for the 25-year-old franchise QB.
With NFL free agency starting in just over a week, the same teams that have needed help at quarterback still need it.
The New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and possibly even the New Orleans Saints (depending on Drew Brees’ future) could all use a quarterback.
It will be interesting to see whether teams shy away from Watson after what he has put the Texans through, refusing to even consider staying in Houston with a new regime.
There’s a level of trust that Watson doesn’t have with the Texans, but many in the NFL understand that having a new coach and new GM can scare a franchise player away.
New general manager Nick Caserio and head coach David Culley have reportedly spoken to Watson or at least tried to, but the quarterback doesn’t seem to care to hear about a pitch to stay in Houston.
Expect to keep hearing Watson’s name as free agency gets closer and closer, and even more so as the draft closes in on April 29th.
Eventually push will come to shove, and many around the NFL think that a deal will get done.
The question is, what is it going to cost the team that eventually pulls the trigger and makes a deal for Watson?