Will failed Matthew Stafford suitors now pivot to Deshaun Watson?

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Several teams tried to get quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Lions. With Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wanting a trade of his own, it’s easy to look at the teams that didn’t get Stafford as the starting point for those who will chase Watson.

The Broncos, Panthers, 49ers, Washington, and the Colts tried to get Stafford. They presumably will try to get Watson. The Bears, Jets, and Patriots also were in the conversation for Stafford. Those teams presumably will be in the conversation for Watson.

Other teams who didn’t pursue Stafford could be interested in Watson. Potentially, some of the teams that would have done a deal for Stafford won’t be willing to offer the kind of package needed to get Watson.

Also, there could be some teams that discreetly explored Stafford and will discreetly explore Watson, with word of their interest never getting out in order to not undermine the relationship with the team’s current starter.

However it plays out, the Texans will be getting offers for Watson. If they play their cards right, they could set up a bidding war, perhaps between teams in the same division, that could get even more than the three first-round picks that some think should be the minimum price for a Watson trade.

12 responses to “Will failed Matthew Stafford suitors now pivot to Deshaun Watson?

  1. The Lion and Stafford mutually agreed to part ways.

    The Texans have no desire to trade Watson. No amount of draft capital can replace his talent and leadership.

    Even Bucky Brooks and Jimmy Johnson agree on this.

  2. If you were willing to give up 2 firsts, a third and a starter for Stafford than you probably should have just gone after Watson anyways.

  3. If the Niners never made an offer for Stafford they sure as hell aren’t going to be interested in giving Houston a King’s ransom. The smart play for SF is to restructure Jimmy GQ, draft defense in first 2 rds then pickup a Mac Jones type QB to sit and study in the QB room

    Watson in untouchable for any team with common sense

  4. Washington will give Houston two firsts, a second and two defensive starters (Allen, Payne, Ioannidis or Sweat) for Watson. Watch and see.

  5. There will be a trade. He will hold out and do other stuff and his Agent will put tremendous pressure on them. In a round about way he can convey to them he won’t give 100% on the field if they try to keep him.

  6. nirrad4417 says:
    February 1, 2021 at 1:14 pm
    Washington will give Houston two firsts, a second and two defensive starters (Allen, Payne, Ioannidis or Sweat) for Watson. Watch and see.

    And your team will give up their first round choices in perpetuity for the Dolphins 2024 7th round pick.

  7. There is no way Denver should be in play for Watson. The price is way too high and it’s not like Denver is a QB away from competing. Keep the picks and players that Houston will want and throw a 3rd and players at Philly for Wentz. Yes he played terrible in Philly last year but they have arguably the worse O-Line in the NFL no WRs at all. When he had a good O-Line and mediocre WRs 2 years ago he was good as long as he was healthy. Philly may not like the deal but they have ZERO choice. They are so far over the Cap from bad deals the hold no leverage besides saying there is a bidding war to increase the offers but PLEASE everyone knows there is not

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