Conditional draft picks hinging on availability could make for the most fair Deshaun Watson trade

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Quarterback Deshaun Watson wants the Texans to trade him. The Texans currently are trying to do that.

The problem is that the Texans apparently want a return that ignores the fact that Watson faces 22 civil lawsuits, 10 criminal complaints, the likelihood of an eventual unpaid suspension from the league, and the ever-present possibility of the league deciding to place Watson on paid leave. It’s unclear whether and to what extent Watson will play in 2021 or in 2022.

So how can the Texans and any interested teams work out a fair trade for his services? The most fair outcome will entail conditional picks based on the number of games he’s available to play in 2021 and 2022.

The more he plays, the more/higher the picks should be. From third round up to first round in 2022 and 2023, depending on availability to play in 2021 and 2022.

So instead of three first-round picks, how about a pick that can go from third round to second round or first round in 2022 based on 2021 playing time, a pick that can go from third round to second round or first round in 2023 based on 2022 playing time, and a first-round pick in 2024? The problem for the team that trades for Watson becomes tying up three picks in each of the next two drafts until the final playing availability for each year is determined.

Regardless, if the goal is to come up with a fair trade, this is the most fair way to do it. If the Texans are motivated to move on, it could be the best deal they get.

11 responses to “Conditional draft picks hinging on availability could make for the most fair Deshaun Watson trade

  1. No sane GM is going to touich this guy, at least not while the criminal charges are hanging out there.

  2. No way the Texans go for that! They’d be foolish to trade a young franchise QB for at least 3 GOOD first round picks and some young established good players in return! I’d be in no rush to trade him! Let him sit out and then we’ll trade him before the next draft.

  3. Maybe he could push mahomes for the starting job. Seems like the kind of character they welcome in KC

  4. Lol I’m not even sure dude did anything, but they ain’t getting 3 firsts for this dude at this point. The Texans should take the first 3rd rounder offered and run. The owner got his lawyer friend to destroy this guy, now he thinks he is getting 3 picks? Hahaah

  5. That makes sense except for the 2024 1st rounder. Watson is not now and has never been worth 3 first round picks. Make the 2024 pick dependent on the first 2 picks. If both are first round picks then the 2024 pick is a 3rd or 4th round. If neither is a 1st rounder then the 2024 pick is a 1st, etc.

  6. This is why contracts need a morality clause so teams can substantially fine players who tank their value to the team. Now the Texans are stuck between trading Watson for very reduced value, cutting him or paying him for nothing.

  7. Houston will trade him for a sixth rounder and then pay his salary. That’s just how they roll.

  8. There is too much risk and too much uncertainty for either side to make a trade.
    He’s going to wait. And if he was smart, he wouldn’t be upset about it. He’s either going to have a career or isn’t. That, and possible criminal charges should be his only concerns right now.
    The situation calls for just a little bit of self-awareness on his part.

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