The drama surrounding the New York Jets’ pursuit of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has taken another interesting twist, as NFL insider John McClain says that it’s a given that if Watson does leave Houston, it’ll be for New York.
McClain did an interview on SportsRadio 610 in Houston and stated that the Texans don’t want to move their franchise quarterback, but that an enticing offer from the Jets might change their mind.
“Anybody who says [the Texans] called the Eagles, not true,” McClain said on the radio station.
“If they traded him, it would be the Jets. No, they have not contacted anyone about trading Watson.”
Many have speculated for weeks that the Jets and the Miami Dolphins are the two frontrunners to acquire the former 2017 first-round pick.
McClain said that the asking price for Watson is steep. Two first-round picks, two second-round picks and two young defensive starters is the starting price that Houston is asking.
Those conditions create a tough decision for the Jets. They already spent the third overall pick in 2018 on Sam Darnold, and in three seasons as a starter, he’s gone 13-25 with 45 touchdowns and 39 picks.
Upgrading the quarterback spot would be a huge key for the Jets to start their turnaround in 2021, and they likely will have to battle with a number of other teams for Watson’s services, but in the end it might be worth it.