San Francisco 49ers veteran cornerback Richard Sherman believes Deshaun Watson should head to Florham Park.
Once the Super Bowl concludes, Deshaun Watson’s future may be the talk of the NFL over the following weeks and/or months. He seemingly wants out of Houston, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there’s an expanding belief that Watson won’t play for the Texans in 2021.
There is a growing sense from people in and around the Texans’ organization that Deshaun Watson has played his last snap for the team. It’s early in the off-season, there’s a lot of time left, but Watson’s feelings cannot and should not be underestimated.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2021
Given he’s under an expensive contract for the next five years, trade offers would need to be made by prospective teams. The Dolphins could be in play and so may the Saints and Patriots.
However, 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman has a specific idea for the superstar quarterback.
“[If I’m Watson], I’d get out of there as quickly as possible, I’d head to New York,” Sherman stated on the Cris Collinsworth Podcast.
Going to the New York Jets would, of course, link Watson up with newly hired head coach Robert Saleh, the Niners’ former defensive coordinator and someone Sherman has praised.
The Jets potentially acquiring Watson means they’d be out on Sam Darnold just three years after drafting him No. 3 overall. It’d also mean the Jets would likely be providing Houston with Darnold and at least three first-round draft picks — capital they certainly possess at the moment.
Gang Green owns a pair of first-round selections in both the 2021 and 2022 drafts thanks to the 2020 Jamal Adams trade. The Jets would probably need to give up both of their first-round picks this year (No. 2 and 23 overall) if they were to snag Watson prior to next season. The third first-round pick given up would then likely have to be one of their 2022 selections.
In New York, Watson would be playing alongside numerous young weapons, such as wideout Denzel Mims and running back La’Mical Perine. He’d additionally play under offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, who helped run an effective passing attack with the 49ers in 2020 despite fielding Nick Mullens, Jimmy Garoppolo, and C.J. Beathard at quarterback.