The Houston Texans and Quarterback Deshaun Watson continue to go back and forth in the media as both sides continue to play chicken, waiting for each other to blink first as Watson continues to hold fast to forcing his way out of the Texans organization. All the while, GM Nick Caserio has continued to hold to the notion that the front office will not trade Watson and have told that to other NFL Executives around the league. It’s only a matter of time before one side gives up and the more it continues to drag on, I believe that the Texans front office will blink first.
Watson could also force the Texans hand by holding out until a deal is done.
A report from Pro Football Talks Mike Florio that came out late January stated that Watson’s announcement of wanting a trade could signal that “he’s willing to not show up, no matter what it may cost.” If that were to pass, the Texans would be stuck holding the bag and could be forced into trading Watson. Outside of the mount of factors that would go into this, let’s look at the possible landing spots that would be beneficial not only for Deshaun Watson to continue to thrive but what would also be beneficial for fantasy owners too.
ESPN Senior NFL Reporter Jeremy Fowler was on Get Up ESPN last Friday, and listed some teams that Deshaun Watson was interested in if he was to be dealt. Remember, Watson also has a no trade clause built into his contract. This could allow him to pick the destination that he would want to be traded to.
The top 2 places that Fowler mentioned were the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers. Both would be ideal landing spots for Watson as both teams are pretty set offensively. The Broncos just spent a nice amount of draft capital last season bringing in wide receivers in Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler to go along with Courtland Sutton, who was lost to a torn ACL. You also can’t forget Noah Fant, who would be the best tight end Deshaun Watson has played with should he end up in Denver. You also have Melvin Gordon running the rock too.
The 49ers are also armed to the teeth with young talent too. Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel are the new young guns for San Fran passing attack and you already know how George Kittle gets down. Imagine how much more dominate they could be if they made a move to bring in Deshaun Watson combined with the rushing attack led by Raheem Mostert that ranked inside the top 5 just two seasons ago when healthy. Watson would be a nightmare to add to a division that is already tight with Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and recently added Matthew Stafford. Watson could be the defining edge to be a force in the NFC West.
Both teams have assets that they could trade over to the Texans in Drew Lock and Jimmy Garoppolo. The Broncos also hold the 9th overall pick in the 1st round while 49ers hold the 12th overall spot. Both could likely have to add those to the pot if they want to make a play. And if anyone should be on the phone to get Caserio to sell, it should be Denver. Under John Elway, before he stepped down, the Broncos have managed to strike out at picking Quarterbacks out of the draft or trade. Who could forget such hits as; Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and journeyman Case Keenum. Yeah… Denver especially needs to be kicking in the Texans door.
Deshaun Watson led the league in passing yards in 2020 with 4,823 yards and came in 7th in passing touchdowns with 33. Despite the team going 4-12, Watson still managed to have a career year, finishing 2nd with a 112.4 passer rating. Watson also finished with a 70.2 completion percentage which ranked 3rd in the league among Quarterbacks. That also marked the highest completion percentage total of his career to date. Watson may cost a treasure trove to get but the return would be well worth it if a team has the assets to put together to get him. You’re getting a true baller if you do.