Will Deshaun Watson ask for a trade?

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The Texans have suggested that they’ll listen to quarterback Deshaun Watson when hiring a coach. But what if they ultimately don’t hire the person he’d like to be coached by?

Rumors already are circulating, and we’ve already heard them from multiple different people, that Watson has quietly broached with teammates the possibility of requesting a trade. If that’s happening, it may just be a strategic effort to ensure his views are respected by ownership. Regardless, it raises the stakes and crosses a bridge and potentially sets the foundation for Watson eventually to decide that he’d like to continue his career elsewhere.

We can already hear the reaction. “He just signed a new contract, the cap charge would be crippling!

Take a look at the contract. Trading him would result in a cap charge of $21.6 million. The Herschel-sized haul of draft picks that a Deshaun Watson trade would generate would more than justify it.

It’s too early to think about where he’d potentially be traded. It’s not too early to make a list of teams that would possibly clamor to get him. The Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Raiders, Broncos, Washington, Eagles, Bears, Lions, Saints, Panthers, Falcons, Buccaneers (if Tom Brady is one and done), and 49ers are the most obvious.

Other teams that on the surface don’t need a quarterback would be wise to at least consider the possibility of an upgrade.

As the Texans decide on their next coach (and it presumably will be someone represented by Bob LaMonte, for reasons to be addressed later today), keep an eye on the possibility that Watson will respond by making it known privately, and possibly publicly, that he’s ready to move on and move out.

81 responses to “Will Deshaun Watson ask for a trade?

  1. There are certain organizations that just can’t ever figure it out: Texans, Vikings, Lions to name a few. Watson deserves better. I wouldn’t blame him for requesting a trade.

  2. Dude is too talented not to request a trade….can you imagine him playing in Washington with those offensive weapons & that defense

  3. What a team leader. Just shows he can’t carry the load.

    Watson is an elite fantasy football qb, not reality!

  4. Chicago should right their wrong and trade the farm for him. Houston has no draft pick and no cap space. He’ll be the next Matt Stafford if he doesn’t get out now.

  5. Why would he? The team dumped their previous problem, they have a great pres of operations, brought in a new solid gm, and have built the foundation they need.

    What they dont need is to hire Bienemy. Whomever hires that guy for a head coach job will be set back 3 years.

    As an outsider im so confused why people have an issue with the great improvements this organization has made over the past few months.

  6. You say the 21+million cap hit would be worth the team but considering the Texans are already 18M over the projected cap that would would put them almost 40M in the hole. Could they even field a team? And even with any acquired draft picks they would still be short picks thanks to O’Briens awful deals

  7. What do you get for a franchise QB in his prime? I don’t think we’ve ever seen that go down. Two ones and two twos?

  8. I would trade a top 10 pick for Watson, but my team has Mahomes… I’d say he’s a top 15 QB in the league, with the potential to be top 10 and and he’s proven. The problem is; teams with top 10 pics don’t generally have the positions around him to matter. That said, the pieces around him in Texas aren’t much better than what he could get elsewhere.

    If I were him I’d bail, I’d just put a clause in the that JJ Watt can’t follow me. Watsons been carrying his baggage for 4 years.

  9. His contract doesn’t kick in for another year so teams would have a year to finagle him under the cap…

    I hope he requests a trade. The Texans may be the league’s biggest trainwreck right now with all those crazy Jack Easterby stories.

  10. He should’ve never signed the contract w this dumpster fire of an organization. He could’ve gotten this money anywhere as a premier talent and been playing for Super Bowls for years to come literally next season.

  11. He’d be a fool to go to the Raiders or the Broncos. Until Denver completely cuts ties with Elway and the Raiders finally realize that Chuckie is nothing more than an overpaid TV analyst he would be in the same boat he’s in now. Good enough to maybe make it to the playoffs as a wildcard and then one and done. If I were him the Steelers, the Colts or the 49ers would be the best spot he could land and win now.

  12. so the Bob Lamonte client roster is pretty damn impressive. Two people that would seem to have a tie for the Texans HC gig would be current Houston Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly (who Watson had stuck up for), and Buffalo’s Brian Daboll, who has certainly done wonders with the Bills offense and Josh Allen.

  13. Ask for trade/release now or have his career wasted for a decade. Look at management DeShaun, they’re not going anywhere. Save yourself and leave!

  14. wheresmyjuice says:
    He should’ve never signed the contract w this dumpster fire of an organization. He could’ve gotten this money anywhere as a premier talent and been playing for Super Bowls for years to come literally next season.
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    You’re exactly right, which is why I have no sympathy for guys like Deshawn Watson.
    Houston didn’t suddenly become dumb and incompetent overnight. The Texans’ brand of head-scratching moves have been an ongoing thing on for years. Watson could have waited a little and left after completing his rookie contract, but he couldn’t wait to jump at quick and big money and now he’s having buyer’s remorse.
    Watson has a right to be frustrated, but he made his own bed and now he can lay in it. If you’re going to demand and command far and away the largest percentage of your team’s salary cap then you should be a leader in dark times, not looking to bail on your teammates.

  15. I typically don’t support players who “demand” trades, but a guy like Deshaun Watson deserves much better than the Houston Texans. In short, if you’re a superstar who plays for the Lions, or you are Deshaun Watson, you are well within your rights to demand better for yourself.

  16. You’re exactly right, which is why I have no sympathy for guys like Deshawn Watson.
    Houston didn’t suddenly become dumb and incompetent overnight. The Texans’ brand of head-scratching moves have been an ongoing thing on for years. Watson could have waited a little and left after completing his rookie contract, but he couldn’t wait to jump at quick and big money and now he’s having buyer’s remorse.
    Watson has a right to be frustrated, but he made his own bed and now he can lay in it. If you’re going to demand and command far and away the largest percentage of your team’s salary cap then you should be a leader in dark times, not looking to bail on your teammates.

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    I understand the sentiment, but the Texans arrow was pointing up when he signed his extension. Fast forward a season or 2 and it seems like they are actively trying to get worse (trading away the best WR in the game for a passed his prime running back). If you signed a job offer only to have the company quickly sell off its best assets, affecting your quality or work and quality of life, you may feel the same.

  17. OTC has a great article on the Texans 2021 Cap issues & fiscal problems facing the new front office. The review of potential Cap moves to get into CAP compliance by 3/14/2021 was to do several items. The biggest was the trade of JJ Watts. They don’t examine a Watson Trade, but given the Cap problems, losing Watson, for a first rnd draft pick & some other picks makes sense. Send him & JJ to a team for their next two 1st picks.

  18. rjmjets says:
    January 7, 2021 at 10:14 am
    You say the 21+million cap hit would be worth the team but considering the Texans are already 18M over the projected cap that would would put them almost 40M in the hole. Could they even field a team? And even with any acquired draft picks they would still be short picks thanks to O’Briens awful deals
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Trade JJ Watt- saves $17.5 million
    Cut Duke and David Johnson- saves $12 million
    Release McKinney- saves $7 million

    Keep going?

  19. Caserio will fix this in a millisecond. He has no ego, works hard both in practice and front office, and has great rapport with players. His days are spent on the practice field helping coaches train players how to improve. Which means he learns first hand what kind of players fit the profile the team both needs and wants. So It will be fun to watch Houston become a well run operation that Watson happily represents.

  20. can we get John Fox to go on record about who he thought the Bears should draft in 2017? Surely it was Watson, while Pace was too enamored by weird stuff like the fact that Mitch drove his grandma’s old car.

  21. He just signed a huge deal. The cap implications would be massive. He isn’t going anywhere.

  22. Quickly becoming one of the most overrated players in the league. DeShaun “garbage time” Watson.

  23. I wouldn’t be surprised if the new GM wanted to trade Watson. It’s a QB league, and all the elite QB’s are winning. It’s not hard. All the rules favor the QB. Tom Brady made all his teammates and all his coaches in New England look like winners. Now, they’re all losers? Now all the losers in Tampa Bay are suddenly winners? Seriously? No. Watson is the most overrated player in the NFL, and the new GM might not want to hitch his wagon to this guy.

  24. He’s not good enough to demand a trade. He’s been surrounded by talent and has won nothing. Stafford of the AFC.

  25. I would trade for him in a heartbeat, only if I can get the old Texan rate a top 5 wr was a second rounder. I’ll give you 3rd and a conditional 3rd in 2134.

  26. So you’re saying the Bears could right their wrong from four years ago?

    It’ll never happen.

  27. Vikings have 2nd best receiver duo in NFL – will be number 1 after Vikings have Watson for Kirk Cousins and Danielle Hunter.

  28. At worst, he’s Matt Ryan, give him some receivers and a DEF and you can win 10-12 games a year. Jets should swap their #2 and Darnold, Houston has a placeholder QB that is probably a Joe Flacco in his prime …

  29. Houston has seen a number of talented players leave the last few years – going back to Duane Brown. Since then they’ve lost most of their D to free agency or forcing their way out of town – call it what you want. What used to be a very good O line is now among the league’s worst – Tunsill included. And they’re probably going to lose Watt not only due to inept management/coaching, but firing a very good head of PR because her (very mild) statement about the nation’s new VP.
    What I see – and Watson and Watt seem to be seeing the same thing – is an organization that cares about a lot of stuff instead of winning football games. If I were a player I’d be looking for somewhere else to go as well.

  30. rjmjets says:
    January 7, 2021 at 10:14 am
    You say the 21+million cap hit would be worth the team but considering the Texans are already 18M over the projected cap that would would put them almost 40M in the hole. Could they even field a team? And even with any acquired draft picks they would still be short picks thanks to O’Briens awful deals

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    If he stays, he has a cap hit of $15.9mil according to over the cap. So his trade would add only $5 mil to the “hole.” It also appears that the trade, if executed after June 1st would create a $5.4 mil hit – saving $10mil and reduceing the $18 mil to $8 mil.They could cut JJ Watt and save $17.5 mil and fix the hole also. Long and short, trading him is pretty easy to solve for from a Cap perspective. Whether it makes the team better in the short or long term is another issue.

  31. He needs to be reminded who’s in charge of the organization. It’s recipe for disaster to allow a player to be in that role…

  32. 1. He has a no-trade clause, which he can of course waive
    2. Houston is already in cap trouble. They are $20 million over the projected 2021 cap and trading Watson would add another $7 million to that number, plus they would need to replace him.
    3. Any decent draft compensation gained in the trade would need to be for 2022 since they won’t have the cap space to add high-priced first rounders this year.
    Conclusion: it’s doable, but unlikely. Watson’s cap number jumps from $15 million in 2021 to $40 million in 2022 so any team trading for him would have a great bargain next year, before taking on one of the highest QB contracts out there. Houston has been fleeced before, but that was under old management. Multiple first round picks would be the starting point, and even with that, it wouldn’t make much sense from Houston’s standpoint.

  33. There is only one question the Broncos need to ask when interviewing potential GM’s:

    Would you trade for Deshaun Watson?

  34. Sigh…

    I would rather have Deshaun than a boatload of picks. Build the team around him.

    If I am the Dolphins though, I am offering the Texans Tua plus the two firsts from this year. I would still rather have Deshaun, but that might be enough to pry him away.

  35. So how does throwing to Claypool Juju and Johnson. How about playing for a franchise that supports its coach and has a history of success. We already know JJ is joining his brothers once he is cut. How does been supported by an elite Defense.

  36. He’d be great on the Niners. He’s a good QB that will likely not break every few games, like Garoppolo. SHanahan devises great schemes to protect the QB.

  37. If I’m the Houston Texans I hand Swinny from Clemson a blank check and tell him to “fill in the numbers, grab your headset, and get out there”. It will take many years to undo the damage Bill O’Brian did to that team.

  38. The Cutler trade to the Bears would be the closest we have to precedent here and obviously, Watson is better than Cutler was back then, even though Cutler was coming off a Pro Bowl season… I think we’d be talking three No. 1s or two No. 1s and a big name player.

  39. This what happens when a course, insecure, incompetent idiot is allowed to lead a team…

  40. Are you kidding me?

    The Texans should trade him, and trade JJ Watt.

    They are not worth their salary. It is almost impossible to win games when your QB eats up that much of the salary. Only Mahomes and Rodgers have been able to do it so far, and we’ll see what happens down the road.

    If the Ravens give Lamar Jackson $40M a year they’re done.

  41. Legit SB contender if he has the right coach. SF, NE, Pitt, Miami all good landing spots I predict the Dolphins based on no knowledge of anything just it would be cool to see that team relevant again.

  42. A team it would make sense to trade him to would be Miami. That way, you could get Fields or Wilson to replace him with. They, in turn, could trade Tua to someone else…he’d garner at least a 2nd.

    As a WFT fan, I’d offer multiple 1s for him and use this year’s 2nd to take the best WR available.

  43. Even if the Texans would trade him, and I don’t think they will, they would not trade him to the Colts. That just isn’t going to happen.

  44. Hilarious. However, no one is trading “a Hershel package” for a barely average 4-12 QB. No teams will be lining up for a barely average 4-12 QB. The Texans MIGHT fleece someone for a 2nd and conditional 5th for Watson.

  45. The guy JUST signed his extension right before the start of the season…AFTER bonehead decisions like trading Hopkins away and trading a dozen 1st round picks for a FA LT were already made. If he doesn’t give the team a couple seasons of the freshly inked deal before demanding a trade then he’s the fool for ever signing it in the first place.

  46. Another attempt by Mike Florio to create something that isn’t there, yet. I would think Deshaun Watson would like to be coach by an offensive minded coach who would use his talents to the fullest. Then Watson need a great OL and some weapons at WR and at RB. With the new organizational structure in Houston, I would think Watson would see what develops first, before asking out of Houston.

  47. When the PATS traded Jim Plunkett (former #1 pick in his draft) to the 49ers, they got back a 23 year old QB named Tom Owens and 2 first rounders in that years draft and a first and 2nd in the next draft.

    With the picks the PATS drafted in ’76 1st rd. Mike Haynes (CB-PR) HOF, 9 time all pro.
    And 1st rd. Pete Brock (C,G,T,TE,LS,Wing Back) (played 12 years, was named to the all 80’s decade team for the PATS)…played LT, TE, LS and Wing Back all in the same series in a game in ’79
    ’77 1st rd Raymond Clayborn (CB-KR) 3 time all-pro, led league in KR,
    And 2nd rd. Horace Ivory (RB-KR) lifetime ave over 4 yds/att. got injured young, led the league in KR and good receiver), 1st team all conference award

  48. Like I said 2 days ago, send Watson and JJ to Miami for Tua, Miami’s 2 1’s,2 2’s and next year’s 1. Texans ain’t winning for 3 years and Watson can win in Miami.
    Cal McNair created this mess, blame him for losing a great qb.

  49. Maybe the Bears can finally get this right. Trade for Itchy Mitchy plus draft picks. Although, the Texans might find a way to botch the trade in the Bears’ favor.

  50. Could be an entertaining offseason with a bunch of good qb’s playing musical chairs.

  51. I am a Texans fan.

    I am glad the Texans traded Hopkins. Hopkins disappears when it counts, just look at his playoff games. Hopkins also had 7 games, this year with the Cards, were he had 55 yards or less. 4 Of Hopkins 6 100+ yard receiving games this year came against the Lions, Jets, Giants, and Eagles, all horrible teams. Hopkins TD production has gone down the last three year, 2018 11, 2019 7, 2020 6! Hopkins has lost a step and it is clear he going down and not worth the 12.5 million a year he is being paid. Yes, the Texans should / could have gotten more for Hopkins. Yes, Hopkins is good, but Watson passed for 4823 yard without Hopkins.

    On to Watson. I would trade Watson to Jacksonville for their (2) 1st round picks this year, their (2) 2nd round picks this year, and ask for Jacksonville’s 1st and 2nd round picks in 2022. I would accept just the (4) picks this year, but Jacksonville would have to give up RB James Robinson also if Watson is traded for just the (4) picks this year.

    If Jacksonville agreed to this trade, the Texans would get Trevor Lawrence and then upgrade the OL, WR, and Defense with the rest of the draft from Jacksonville. The Texans would have Lawrence on a rookie deal for (5) years, RB Robinson with (4) years of his rookie deal left, plus the 21st (1st) round pick, the 33rd pick and the 45th pick in this years draft! Watson has had (2) serious knee injuries and could end up like RGIII at any time.

    QB Lawrence, + RB Robinson and the 21st, 33rd, and 45th pick in this draft and Watson is a Jaguar! Getting Lawrence is the only way I would trade Watson! The Texans would have reloaded with one trade and Lawrence will be a top 5 – 7 QB for years.

    Then I would send a blank check to Dabo Swinney!

    Jacksonville can reload via free agents, they have a lot of cap space, and the draft next year, + the get Watson.

    The AFC South would be the best division in the NFL.

    IMHO, I would do this trade, but would not trade Watson for anything less.

  52. The cap hit would be bad enough in a normal year where the cap would be projected to go up as usual, or at worst stay roughly the same.

    This year, where the cap is going to drop by roughly $25 million?

    If it’s not literally impossible, it’s the next best thing.

  53. Get a crummy front office to sign you to an enormous contract then demand a trade.

    Bold plan here cotton.

  54. Are you people incredibly high? Two first rounders and two second rounders for Watson. He’s worth half that if you are lucky.

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