Report: Deshaun Watson prefers Jets over Dolphins

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It’s been suggested that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wants to play for the Dolphins. Reportedly, there’s another team in the AFC East even higher on his lift.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Watson’s No. 1 choice is the Jets.

“Watson this week told people the Jets are his top preference among the teams he’d like to be traded to because they hired Robert Saleh to be their coach and Watson values Saleh so much he wanted the Texans to interview him for their vacant head coach job,” Salguero writes.

PFT reported last Saturday that, indeed, Watson recommended that the Texans interview Saleh and that the Texans ignored the suggestion. (The Texans had offered to accept Watson’s input on the coaching hire.)

The Dolphins land at No. 2 in Watson’s list of preferences, per Salguero.

Miami currently has the better roster, but the Jets are trying to build a competitive team. The challenge becomes maintaining progress toward a contender while still giving up whatever it would take to get Watson.

The Jets have an extra first-round pick this year and next year, thanks to the Jamal Adams trade. New York also holds the second overall pick in the 2021 draft.

Watson has not yet asked the Texans for a trade. It’s unknown whether the Texans would acquiesce to such a request.

95 responses to “Report: Deshaun Watson prefers Jets over Dolphins

  1. Watson instantly gives the Jests 3 more wins per season giving them a legitimate shot at 4-12.

  2. Interesting.

    Something no one has ever said—“I’d prefer to go to the Jets”

  3. Make it happen Joe Douglas! A young, franchise qb, its only been a few years since the Jets had that🤣😂

  4. Imagine your franchise being in such disarray that the Jets seem like a positive change.

  5. This tells me he is gone. I wish him better. Bill O’Brian ripped this franchise apart. I feel sorry for them.

  6. Deshaun wants to be King of NYC. Tons of endorsement possibilities. On the other hand, Florida has no income tax. New York taxes are crazy high.

  7. He will never go to the Patriots! You want to know why? Because the stidham decade of dominance is right before our eyes! Zip, boom, bang!

  8. “Watson this week told people” = agents leaking the info they want to media stooges.

    Texans should just say “if you’re so desperate to be traded, OK, enjoy Detroit.”

  9. With the number of picks/players the Jets will have to give up; the Jets will continue to be elementary for the rest of the AFC East, my dear Watson.

  10. I’d be super interested in seeing Watson in a Shanahan-style offense, and wouldn’t you know it NYJ hired Mike LaFleur as their OC. If a trade does end up happening (I still doubt it will) this would be a fascinating marriage.

  11. Jets have a young offense line, 70 million under the cap and a bunch of picks. Get Watson, draft a Rb in rd 1 or 2, pick up a few vg free agent wrs (the eligible wr list is insane) and voila! The jets are instantly better in a winnable division.

  12. Think about this for a minute. Watson, Allen and Tua’s potential could put the Pats in the review in the AFC East. Let that sink in.

  13. Watch what you wish for, you know what would be funny if they traded him to the Jets and the Texans ripped them off only to doom the franchise for years setting up the Texans for years and then only to find out a few weeks later the Texans hire Bieniemy.

  14. Deshaun should have played in the NBA where players can tell teams where they will play. I hope the Texans make this tough on him because he’s acting like a spoiled brat after signing a huge contract.

  15. He won’t go to the Patriots because most of the people who screwed things up for him in Houston came from the Patriots.

  16. I doubt Watson is saying this based on coaches. Saleh is gonna be good, I don’t doubt that. But would he have been more highly touted than Flores if they came out at the same time? Flores was hot after that dominant SB win over the Rams. And he has been everything, and more, that was expected. The Jets and Fins draft capital is the same. The OL is about the same. The lack of receiving threats is about the same. The taxes are NOT the same. The ability to market between NY and Miami is NOT the same. I’m not sure the coach makes the difference in where he prefers. If Flores was available this year, you think Watson wouldn’t want a black coach with his pedigree interviewed??? You know he would.

  17. The links between Caserio, Miami, Houston’s traded draft picks and Watson’s earlier stated thought of Miami are too much to ignore. Watch it happen and perhaps the rest is a smokescreen. Don’t want an investigation do we?

  18. Shows he’s both that smart. Jets suck and will suck worse if they give up 3 1st rounders to get him

  19. If he has a list of desired teams why hasn’t he requested a trade from the Texans. It seems like whenever there is noise around the Texans coaching search that doesn’t involve Bieniemy, magically a new story about Deshaun leaks or he posts a cryptic tweet.

    I think we are all starting to catch on to what’s happening here.

  20. wobblyballz … Watson’s contract has a no trade clause. Only way he goes to Detroit is if he wants to waive that clause. He ain’t going to Detroit.

    J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets.

  21. I hope the Jets & Dolphins open their mouths and start blathering about how they would like to have Watson.
    That would open them up to tampering charges and cost them some draft picks.

  22. wobblyballz says:
    January 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm
    “Watson this week told people” = agents leaking the info they want to media stooges.

    Texans should just say “if you’re so desperate to be traded, OK, enjoy Detroit.”

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    Because of his no-trade clause, Watson kind of has leverage as far as trade destinations. He’s got to veto the clause in order to be traded, so he’s not going to Detroit unless he wants to be in Detroit.

  23. It was smart of Watson to insert that clause in his contract saying he could get out of it if he wasn’t happy with the direction the team was going. I bet he even put in a clause giving himself a say in GM/coaching decisions. Smart dude.

  24. stillaboveground says:
    January 23, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    New York taxes are crazy high

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    You have a point. That’s why there aren’t any wealthy people living anywhere in NY state.
    California, too. Notice how all the rich people left because of taxes?
    Beverly Hills is a ghost town these days.

  25. stillaboveground says:
    January 23, 2021 at 2:47 pm
    Deshaun wants to be King of NYC. Tons of endorsement possibilities. On the other hand, Florida has no income tax. New York taxes are crazy high.
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    The Jets are not in New York State or NYC. NY taxes are irrelevant.

  26. wobblyballz says:
    January 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm
    “Watson this week told people” = agents leaking the info they want to media stooges.

    Texans should just say “if you’re so desperate to be traded, OK, enjoy Detroit.”
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    His contract has a no trade clause. Do you even watch football bro, or are you just a Detroit fan?

  27. It’s fascinating how there always seems to be one franchise in pro sports that can’t even seem to accidentally do something right. The Marlins in MLB wee a disaster. The lions are still fighting it. But now you have the Texans getting every decision wrong. And when a player wants to leave your franchise to play for the Jests, that’s pretty bad. I’m sure that endorsements are a factor, but he has to want to win. And the Texans are really circling the drain right now.

  28. If Watson wanted out he should’nt have signed that contract. I would think any potential suitors would realize what a diva he is.

  29. canadiancardinalsfan says:
    January 23, 2021 at 2:51 pm
    Jets have a young offense line, 70 million under the cap and a bunch of picks. Get Watson, draft a Rb in rd 1 or 2, pick up a few vg free agent wrs (the eligible wr list is insane) and voila! The jets are instantly better in a winnable division.

    6 17 Rate

    You do realize the Jets won’t have any firsts or seconds if they get Watson.

  30. Not going to happen if it cost more than what they got for Jamal Adams.

    Joe Douglas will never pay more than that and probably wouldn’t even pay that much. Nice material for the sports media to work over and hype for awhile. Makes for a lot of clicks and will for another week or so.

    A bigger problem for the Jets is Woody Johnson returning to town. That’s something no trade or draft pick can fix.

  31. Watson comes a across as a diva qb, but I dont blame him for wanting out. The Texans are the most dysfunctional team in the league.

  32. The Jets are like, great, but you are not coming here unless you take a $25 million dollar a year paycut and we don’t need to give up a pick for you. Jets have a QB on the cheap. They don’t need to be in cap hell. The Texans players want Watson gone. He’s about himself. I’d bench him for 4 years.

  33. Jets would be stupid to make this trade.

    I hope the Texans don’t give in to his petulant demands.

  34. Good, let them waste his career and they can go ahead and ship off Darnold at a bargain to a team where he can actually thrive.

  35. Seahawk fan here, living in Houston. Watson is not wrong. His concern about the franchise is spot on. Disarray is generous. There has been talk locally, print and broadcast that JJ is on his way out to a contender to at least give him a shot at a title. It isn’t going to happen here.

  36. Yeah, because the J-E-T-S are just a decent quarterback away from the Super Bowl, right?

  37. Sam Darnold is a lot better than Deshaun Watson, and it’s not even close. Last year a lot of people would have traded away Josh Allen for just about anyone. Young QB’s take a couple years to mature into NFL QB’s. Even a little longer when they’re on a horrible team, like the Jets. Darnold is on the brink of breaking out, just like Josh Allen did. Seriously, watch Josh Allen this Sunday knowing that a lot of so-called experts thought he was a bust just a couple months ago. There are only a handful of QB’s I’d take over Darnold at this point. When I think back to QB’s like Steve Young in his early years with a bad Tampa Bay organization, and Jim Plunkett with a bad New England team, they didn’t win their Super Bowls until they got traded away to decent franchises. They were great QB’s who were just on bad teams. Brett Favre wasn’t impressing anyone in Atlanta when they gave up on him and traded him to Green Bay where he won his super bowl, and I don’t know why San Diego got rid of Drew Brees. Darnold is an elite QB, and Deshaun Watson is not. Watson hasn’t won a thing, and he’s acting like he’s in position to call the shots. Whoever trades for him is going to regret it. He’s not a winner. He’ll get coaches and GM’s fired. And he’ll believe he’s the king of his next franchise. Watson is probably the most overrated player in the last 25 years. I don’t blame him for wanting out of the dumpster fire in Houston, but that’s a whole different story. He’s been part of the problem on the field. The ownership is the problem that isn’t going to be fixed any time soon.

  38. stillaboveground says:
    January 23, 2021 at 2:47 pm
    Deshaun wants to be King of NYC. Tons of endorsement possibilities. On the other hand, Florida has no income tax. New York taxes are crazy high.
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    You know that the Jets play in New Jersey, right?

  39. So Watson prefers the Jets over the Dolphins in a trade he hasn’t requested? Makes sense to me.

  40. It’s almost makes too much sense that a deal between the Jets and Texans for Watson wouldn’t include or involve Darnold in a 3-way. Directly or indirectly Darnold would be part of the compensation for Watson.

  41. The Jets should only offer the 2nd overall pick and Darnold, for that matter, no team should offer more than one pick to avoid crippling your team

  42. Watson is a damn good QB and the Texans owner certainly is a clown but the fact that he wants to play for the Jets contradicts his whole point of not wanting to play for a dysfunctional franchise. I mean has he been following this franchise for the last ten plus years?!

    There has to be something else going on here. And it’s really hard to defend Watson at this point.

  43. Why would any team want this punk? He’s so OVERRATED it’s a joke & his contract is for players that actually have won something not for a QB that’s 28-25 in his career.
    Mitchell Trubisky is 29-21????? Watson is a media hyped star, on the field he’s anything but…… sorry just the facts.

  44. Miami would be the better choice it has better players and Florida is friendlier taxes

  45. Not every day someone chooses New Jersey over Miami. Watson might choose wearing any new jersey over staying with the Texans

  46. Prediction: Houston hasn’t hired a coach yet. They will hire Bieniemy. Watson will play for… the Texans…

  47. To: Cal McNair
    From: Everybody who isn’t Cal McNair

    Your team is now definitively below the Jets. Here are the keys to the basement turn out the lights whenever you do leave. Although by all the bags with you it appears you intend to stay awhile. Enjoy the bottom.

  48. Good, Watson to Miami will never happen. Miami will not destroy their roster and salary cap for one single player. Not the new regime. Watson is super talented but a crybaby me first player and that doesn’t fit the new Miami Dolphins

  49. If he doesn’t want to play for the Dolphins then he’s welcome to go to the Jets. When Salah moves on in 3 years maybe he can find another team.

  50. Watson isn’t going anywhere least of all to the Jets.

    Here’s why (1) His contract is WAYYYYYYYYY out of line with his performance and a killer to a club with many needs, (2) His diva act also doesn’t isn’t warranted based on his record as a starting QB, (3) The cap is going DOWN and the Jets have a boat load of needs. They can have 2 top 5 QB picks (Darnold and whomever) and a good veteran backup for a whole lot less cash than Watson alone is getting. (4) He’s not a great passer in Texas do you have any idea of what Nov\Dec can be like in Met Life? (5) Douglas and Saleh are WAYYYYY too smart to pick up this kind of headache.

  51. Shinnbone says:
    January 23, 2021 at 4:08 pm
    Why would any team want this punk? He’s so OVERRATED it’s a joke & his contract is for players that actually have won something not for a QB that’s 28-25 in his career.
    Mitchell Trubisky is 29-21????? Watson is a media hyped star, on the field he’s anything but…… sorry just the facts.

    2020 NFL QBR Rankings:

    Rank Player Team
    1 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QBR 120.7
    2 Deshaun Watson Houston Texans QBR 112.4
    3 Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs QBR 108.2
    4 Josh Allen Buffalo Bills QBR 106.7

    2020 Passing leader:
    Deshaun Watson 4,823 Yards

    Lol

  52. Anyone who WANTS to go to the perennial dumpster fire that is the NY Jets deserves to have his dream come true.

  53. Now, we just get to see how two of the most inept franchises in the league can pull off a trade that is really unprecedented… When was the last time a top 5 QB entering his prime was dealt?

  54. Give back Your signing bonus and make yourself available, I mean if you really want to be traded? This guys’ crossing over into the super annoying NFL diva category.

    He JUST signed a huge mega deal with lots of upfront bonus money.
    He has a no trade clause in his contract.
    Now he’s demanding to be traded. Psycho

    He’ll get paid again, likely similar contract if not more, so give back your bonus money Watson, remove trade clauses and you’ll be on your way

  55. ragnarthegreat says:
    the Texans were a power house not that long ago.
    ==

    In its 19 seasons Houston has played in 10 playoff games, losing six. Their four victories came in the wildcard round, and each time they lost in the divisional-round, meaning they’ve never played in a conference title game, let alone a Super Bowl.
    Houston has a fielded a few reasonably competitive teams, but I hardly think “powerhouse” is a term one would use to describe the Texans.

  56. All this conjecture is probably much ado about nothing. They would take an immediate cap hit of $21.6M (the remaining portion of his signing bonus). The real question is if anyone would be willing to take on the remainder of his contract. He’s due to make only $10.5M next year but that shoots up to $35M in 2022, $37M in 2023, $32 in 2024 and $32 in 2025. That’s ~$146M over the next five years. There’s also the possibility he’ll want to renegotiate his contract. Plus, the Texans would want something meaningful on return and the Jets aren’t likely to part with the second pick. All this for a guy who led his team to one playoff win in the last four years. Now you have these temper tantrums. Is there any guarantee Saleh would want that to add with the other challenges of turning the Jets around?

  57. Who knew this guy was such a whiny baby? He is under contract which he just signed. He has Zero leverage just enjoy the offseason and get ready for next year. And we dont care who you wnt to coach the team.

  58. It’s obvious what’s DW’s camp is doing…. they ‘re manipulating thru media to get Houston to hire Eric Bieniemy. Once that happens, he’ll most likely back off…. They may also have to fire Esterby. DeShaun Watson seems to only want to play for an African American or minority coach.

    Jets vs Dolphins…. regardless, he would play for either, then it would be up to Nick C. The new GM to get the most assets from either AFC East team in a bidding war….. if, If DW ask for a trade and those teams are willing to shop his services.

  59. I prefer the Jets over an up and coming playoff caliber team. That is something that no one has said in the history of mankind.

  60. Dolphins are a WR, QB consistency, and WR away from SB contention… Watson would pretty much make them top 3 in the AFC instantly by himself.. and he prefers a team that has no OL, no RB, No defense, and a rookie head coach? OOOOOOKKKKKKK?

  61. yomomma says:
    January 23, 2021 at 2:59 pm
    “New York taxes are crazy high.”

    This literally has no impact on the Jets.
    —————————————————-
    Well, NJ income taxes do.. Higher than NY. Went tp to 10.75% last January and is 3rd highest in the country. It’s believe that Trevor Lawrence will have saved Millions if he gets drafted by the Jags instead of the Jets.

  62. mackcarrington says:
    January 23, 2021 at 3:15 pm
    stillaboveground says:
    January 23, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    New York taxes are crazy high

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    You have a point. That’s why there aren’t any wealthy people living anywhere in NY state.
    California, too. Notice how all the rich people left because of taxes?
    Beverly Hills is a ghost town these days.

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    It’s embarrassing how many people upvoted this not picking up the sarcasm

  63. turkeycreekjackjohnson says:

    Something no one has ever said—“I’d prefer to go to the Jets”
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    Technically you’re right – but Joe Willie did indeed sign with the Jets instead of the Cardinals – and the rest is history.

  64. Trying to put myself in the position of an NFL GM watching this charade.
    1. Watson signed a 140 million plus five year contract and cashed a $27 million dollar bonus check in September. (Four months ago).
    2. Watson’s friends are putting out rumors while Watson refuses to even talk to his old team. The rumors disparage the Texans and include the teams that Watson would like to be traded to.
    3. Watson’s apparent demands include input in coaching and Front Office decisions. Something no NFL player has ever gotten before.
    If I am a GM my two questions to Watson are:
    After you come here would I still be a GM?
    If not would you hire me as your water boy?
    Respectfully

  65. You can’t believe anything that comes from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. He is the anti-hero of the Miami Dolphins. He always quoting un-named or anonymous sources in his stories. Let me ask you this, how is he breaking a story about Watson’s desires vs someone that actually close to Watson??? I can tell you why, he is making shyte up

  66. atahualpaoxford says:
    January 23, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    There is one and only one true New York State NFL team….GO BILLS…!!!!!
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    It’s almost half time and all the Bills are getting ready to call their golf club and book tee times for tomorrow. The golf club is the only place “GO BILLS” ha any meaning now. OOPS, KC just scored again. For all reasonable purposes, the game will be over in four minutes.

  67. reezie787 says:
    January 23, 2021 at 5:39 pm
    This isn’t Free Agency. If you want our you go where you are told.
    =====================================

    Very insightful … Watson has a no trade clause. He has quite a bit of leverage.

  68. Please no. Seems more suited to dome team, like the Colts.
    I also don’t want this guy taking up tons of cap space.

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