Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has made it clear he wants out of the franchise. The lack of playoff success has led to a frustrated Watson.
NFL insiders say it is inevitable that Watson will be traded to a team with hopes of being an instant playoff contender.
Watson is easily one of the best young quarterbacks in the league due to his athleticism, playmaking ability and leadership qualities. This season, Watson led the league with 4,823 passing yards and was tied for seventh with 33 passing touchdowns. On top of this, Watson is only 25 years old and appears to have a long career ahead of him despite some minor injury concerns.
Watson will have control over where he goes due to a no-trade clause that is stated in his contract. With all this information in mind, let’s take a look at the three best landing spots for Watson.
Denver started eight different quarterbacks over the last five years and none of them had much success. Their current starting quarterback is 24-year-old Drew Lock, but he may not live up to expectations as he led the team to a 5-11 record in 2020 with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
The Broncos have an extensive list of offensive threats. They spent their first-round pick to get the speedy wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in last year’s draft to join with tight end Noah Fant, as well as wide receivers Courtland Sutton and KJ Hamler.
San Francisco 49ers
Head coach Kyle Shanahan is one of the best offensive-minded coaches in the NFL, as well as being one of the youngest. His offensive playbook is very aggressive with lots of play-action passes, reverses and trick plays. For this reason, I think Watson fits perfectly into this offensive scheme because of his versatility.
The 49ers would most likely give up their 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, a second-round pick and their 2022 first-round pick. Is Watson worth two first-round picks? Absolutely.
I know what you’re thinking. The Jaguars are going to take quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first pick in the upcoming draft. What if I said you are wrong?
In a perfect world, the Jaguars would trade their first-overall pick as well as a second-round pick in order to acquire Watson.
Additionally, Watson is a proven commodity where you know exactly what you are getting. The same cannot be said about the so-called generational talent in Lawrence.
With the most cap space going into the 2021 offseason, the Jaguars can acquire a plethora of talent to put around Watson.There will be quality wide receivers and running backs in free agency, allowing the Jaguars to potentially build a powerhouse offense that could score at will.