Deshaun Watson 2021 Why Houston Texans Should Explore Trading
Deshaun Watson Deshaun Watson Trading Should Why Explore Texans Houston
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 08:00:00 -0800
Conventional wisdom says the Texans would be insane to seriously explore trading Watson
But it might be the best way out of their self-inflicted mess
Deshaun Watson is reportedly upset with the Houston Texans over the way they’ve handled their coach …[+] and general manager searches.
(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) Conventional wisdom says the Houston Texans would be insane to seriously explore trading Deshaun Watson.
But it might be the best way out of their self-inflicted mess.
Houston’s franchise quarterback is reportedly unhappy with the entire direction of the franchise, beginning with his displeasure over the searches for a new head coach and general manager.
Watson’s input on potential GM candidates was ignored, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, with the team instead hiring longtime New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio.
The Texans commissioned the consulting firm Korn Ferry to devise a list of five candidates, which didn’t include Caserio, reports NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.
But the team went off the board and hired Caserio anyway.
Embattled executive Jack Easterby, who used to work with Caserio in New England, reportedly lobbied Cal McNair to hire his friend.
After the Caserio hiring was confirmed, Watson expressed his apparent frustration in a now-deleted tweet: “some things never change.”While Caserio says Easterby won’t be making personnel decisions, his hiring indicates the former character coach still holds considerable sway within the organization.
Or at least, more power than Watson.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports the three-time Pro Bowler is also upset the team has failed to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy for its head coaching opening.
In addition, Mortensen says Watson could “play hardball” with Houston about a trade.
Schefter adds that Watson’s anger level is “at a 10.”It would be unprecedented for the Texans to trade Watson, a franchise quarterback in the prime of his career who just signed a nine-figure extension.
The closest comparison would probably be the Denver Broncos dealing Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears after his third season, though Cutler lacked Watson’s on-field pedigree and lucrative contract.
Cutler threw 18 interceptions during his last season in Denver; Watson just led the league in passing yards.
Still, the Broncos received a nice haul for Cutler: two first-round picks, a third-round pick and veteran quarterback Kyle Orton.
Coincidently, longtime Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels engineered the Cutler trade.
Bill Belichick is never afraid to part with star players.
His disciples have typically copied his cold-blooded approach.
The last high-profile first-round quarterback to successfully force a trade was Carson Palmer, who vowed to never play for the Cincinnati Bengals again in March 2011.
That October, the Bengals shipped Palmer to the Oakland Raiders, receiving a first-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Horrific roster and franchise management led the Texans to this precarious point.
Watson, 25, is one of the best quarterbacks in football.
He also inked a four-year, $156 million extension last September.
There’s no putting lipstick on this pigskin pig: the Texans screwed up.
But here we are.
The Texans are littered with dysfunction and bereft of draft picks and cap space.
In last year’s Divisional Round, they built an early 24-0 lead over the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Since then, they’ve been outscored by 124 points — the fourth-worst scoring differential in the NFL.
Bill O’Brien’s years of short-sighted and haphazard decision-making caught up with Houston, and cost him his job.
He was the first NFL coach fired this season.
His ridiculous decision to trade DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for a second-round pick and mediocre running back David Johnson will go down in NFL infamy; trading two first-round picks for offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil left the Texans without draft capital.
Between the 2017 and 2021 drafts, Houston will have only made two of its five first-round picksWorse yet, the Texans are currently $18 million over the 2021 salary cap.
It will be hard to close that gap without any first- or second-round picks this year.
And that’s why trading Watson isn’t a crazy idea.
It would be the quickest way for the Texans to restock their bare draft cupboard.
Watson would command an incredible haul on the trade market.
His no-trade clause complicates matters, but Mortensen reports he’s open to considering the Miami Dolphins, who could send Tua Tagovailoa and additional compensation to Houston.
The Dolphins own the No.
3 overall pick in the draft, which was originally Houston’s.
Tagovailoa didn’t perform to the level of fellow first-round rookie quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert, and was dreadful in Miami’s Week 17 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
But overall, the Dolphins went 6-3 with Tagovailoa under center.
With Tagovailoa, the Texans could reset at quarterback with a No.
5 overall pick, and also recoup needed draft capital.
In addition to the No.
3 overall selection, the Dolphins are slated to pick at No.
There are other teams positioned to pay a ransom for Watson.
The San Francisco 49ers could be an attractive option, given that Jimmy Garoppolo is still under club control.
They could multiple first-round picks — including the No.
12 pick this year — and Garoppolo for Watson’s services.
While the talent drop-off between Watson and Garoppolo is significant, at least the Texans wouldn’t be starting from scratch.
Plus, Caserio drafted Garoppolo in New England.
(The 49ers would only incur $2.8 million in dead money if they deal Garoppolo.) The most tantalizing trade scenario involves the Jacksonville Jaguars, who own the No.
1 overall pick.
Trevor Lawrence is expected to be great, but Watson already is.
He could instantly catapult the Jaguars to contention.
And conversely, the Texans would have another chance to land a franchise quarterback, and not mess things up.
Of course, it’s hard to imagine divisional foes completing a trade of that magnitude.
But it’s worth the conversation.
The Texans are in a bad situation, and Watson is understandably displeased.
Once unthinkable, trading him could be the only way to flush everything out, and try again.Alex Reimer is back for his second stint with SportsMoney.
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Mon, 11 Jan 2021 08:00:00 -0800
The Deshaun Watson and Houston Texans saga is causing some drama, and Peter King of FMIA has some advice
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY SportsHouston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY SportsWhen talking about Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans since the conclusion of the 2020 regular season it has been anything but butterflies and rainbows.
There have been many “sources” and “reports” on the two parties as a cohesive unit, and to be quite honest, the topic as a whole is nerve-racking to say the least.Sunday was a big day full of sources as ESPN’s Chris Mortensen had multiple tweets of the Deshaun Watson situation with the Texans from folks he knows who are close to the situation.
Now Peter King in his weekly “Football Morning in America” column give his opinion on Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans, and it is honestly not that bad of advice he writes in his column.King has covered the NFL for many years, and has seen a thing or two when it comes to players being potentially unhappy with their current team, and the Watson and Texans situation most likely isn’t something King hasn’t covered before.Now as for what King wrote in his column on Monday, his topic was simply: “Deshaun Watson.” King began his discussion on Watson and the Texans with the following words:“Wouldn’t it be interesting if that trade was Watson to Miami for Tua Tagovailoa and a passel of Dolphins picks? But before we go too far, I want to quote that famous American philosopher Aaron Rodgers: R-E-L-A-X.”King then went on to write this and this advice for the Texans:“And when no one’s looking and Caserio can confidently meet Watson in absolutely privacy with his new coach, then try to surgically repair the relationship.
Till then, no sense for the Texans to try to pick at this fresh wound.”Before that quote he said things just need to “simmer down” between Watson, the Texans and all involved because new general manager Nick Caserio hasn’t been on the job a week yet, and hasn’t met with the franchise quarterback of the Texans either.
Plus the Texans still don’t have a head coach.The advice from King in his FMIA column is worth taking note of, and for the Texans it is worth listening to because if Deshaun Watson is angry with the team, he needs a break from all involved with he front office.
Since he’s currently on vacation, just let Watson enjoy himself, then come back to business later this month.It is tough to imagine any team would want to trade the amount of capital it would take to trade for a franchise quarterback like Watson, who is hitting the prime of their career.
It is even tougher to fathom the Houston Texans finding a quarterback that is equal to or better than Watson either.
So to put it bluntly — the Houston Texans would be foolish to get to the point this offseason where they couldn’t keep Deshaun Watson as their quarterback after the season he just had.Watson is coming off his best season stat wise with 4,823 passing yards to lead the entire NFL, along with a 70.2 percent completion percentage which was also the best of his career.
Deshaun Watson also set a new Texans record with 33 passing touchdowns in a season, plus he threw a career-low seven interceptions while playing in all 16 games this season.
Watson attempted 544 passes, which was also a career-most in attempts for a season.The downfall was Deshaun Watson was sacked 49 times in 2020 — the second most times in his career — and all of those huge passing numbers came with losing Will Fuller for just over the final quarter of the season, plus there were injuries throughout the season to his receivers, and not much of a rushing attack from the running backs either as they were one of the worst units in the NFL.
Also don’t forget the Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins during the the ’20 offseason as well.Watson showed how important he is to the Texans this past season, and he also showed if he were to demand a trade what he could do for teams that are in need of an established, franchise quarterback.The Texans must find a way to please Watson, because even if they did finish 4-12 overall following Watson’s best season of his four-year career.
Imagine how good he could have been if Houston had actually fielded a competitive defense, and players on the offense would have stayed on the field for the entire season or hadn’t been traded.Peter King makes some excellent and agreeable points in his Football Morning in America column, so the hope is Nick Caserio and Deshaun Watson can hopefully sit down one-on-one and work things out.If Deshaun Watson leaves Houston, not only would the on-field product take a big step back, but how would the fan base take the news of losing one the very best players currently on the roster for a second straight offseason?Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Houston Texans and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more.Your privacy is safe with us.
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