Will Texans superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson end up in Florham Park in 2021? Maybe Denver? San Francisco? Miami?
From Deshaun Watson reportedly preferring the Jets over the Dolphins to now possibly the opposite.
Through it all, a potential Watson-Gang Green marriage isn’t confirmed to be on the horizon, per sources connected to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
.@JFowlerESPN from a source:
"Deshaun Watson has a list of teams he's 'intrigued by' … I didn't get all the teams, but I was told that the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers are two of them. … I was told the Jets, 'eh probably not.'" pic.twitter.com/8YOmTbF3zw
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) February 12, 2021
The Jets line in here is relation to Jets/Dolphins having most capital…was told Dolphins more intriguing spot. But that doesn't discount Jets, especially if Watson's plan is…anywhere but Houston. https://t.co/FveJ7tf7BF
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 12, 2021
“I checked in with a source who said Deshaun Watson has a list of teams that he’s intrigued by…I didn’t get all the teams but I was told the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers are two of them,” Fowler said on ESPN’s “Get Up” Friday morning. “I also asked the source about the Jets and Dolphins because they have the most draft capital this year and the next few years. I was told the Jets: ‘eh, probably not,’ maybe moreso the Dolphins as far as viability.”
If the Jets do indeed offer Houston a significant haul (one that includes multiple first-round picks and possibly quarterback Sam Darnold) that the Texans accept, there are two possible scenarios that could arise. Remember: Watson carries a no-trade clause in his contract, meaning if a trade is agreed to, he has the power to decline it.
Either Watson potentially says no to a trade that would land him in Florham Park, or he becomes so desperate to be out of Houston that his list of teams ends up obsolete and he eventually doesn’t care where he plays in 2021 just as long as it’s not with the Texans.
Regardless, this will be a notably tough trade to make, even if you are the Jets and possess two first-round picks in each of the next two drafts. The Texans would request an absurd amount of capital in return for their superstar quarterback, and at this moment in time, the organization doesn’t wish to part ways with Watson anyway.
Denver is very much an appropriate team to be in the mix, given the struggles surrounding current starting quarterback Drew Lock — just a 57.3% completion rate in 2020 along with a league-leading 15 interceptions. The Broncos are in desperate need of a reliable quarterback, something they haven’t employed since the Super Bowl-winning Peyton Manning era.
Denver will need to face Patrick Mahomes twice every year for at least the next 11 seasons, and right now, the team doesn’t look like it has what it takes to defeat him once. The Broncos may need to make a huge move — doing so for Watson could bode tremendously well for the organization’s future.
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