The commerce marketplace for Deshaun Watson is beginning to form up, and it sounds just like the Houston Texans quarterback prefers to land within the AFC East.
In line with a report from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Watson has advised folks his most most popular vacation spot can be the New York Jets, adopted by the Miami Dolphins.
The reported cause for Watson’s New York choice isn’t the massive market or sturdy roster (rim shot), however their rent of former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as their new head coach. Watson’s reverence for Saleh is excessive sufficient that he reportedly requested the Texans interview him for his or her head coach place, which the group didn’t do. That’s in line from a earlier report from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio.
Saleh is broadly seen as a powerful rent for the Jets after 4 years of working the Niners protection, which ranked fifth within the NFL in whole protection this season regardless of an absurd variety of accidents. He’s additionally seen as a participant’s coach and charismatic presence within the locker room, incomes the endorsement of Richard Sherman and others on his approach out.
The rift between Watson and the Texans goes again to how the Texans dealt with their head teaching and common supervisor search, so it wouldn’t be too shocking to see Watson valuing a coach sufficient to observe him to New York. The Texans most likely wouldn’t hate the thought of a commerce with the Jets both, contemplating what the group may give them.
Jets in good place to commerce for Deshaun Watson
Look, no group sometimes needs to commerce a franchise quarterback like Deshaun Watson. The Texans clearly need to maintain onto Watson, however typically a state of affairs will get poisonous sufficient that it’s important to transfer on. And if the Texans determine to maneuver on, they might do worse than the package deal the Jets may doubtless put collectively.
Begin with the No. 2 decide within the 2021 NFL draft. It received’t get you a Trevor Lawrence — not so long as the Jacksonville Jaguars do what’s universally anticipated of them — however it provides you with the selection between BYU’s Zach Wilson and Ohio State’s Justin Fields as your subsequent franchise quarterback, and that’s what the Texans will most need in the event that they’re giving up Watson. The Jets additionally personal this 12 months’s 23rd total decide because of the Jamal Adams commerce.
Watson to New York would additionally make Sam Darnold expendable, so his inclusion would give Houston a Week 1 starter in the event that they need to give their subsequent QB time to acclimate. And who is aware of, perhaps Darnold turns into a franchise quarterback himself now that he’s escaped the gravity of Adam Gase.
It’s value noting that the Dolphins can provide a primary package deal just like the above with the No. three decide (thanks Invoice O’Brien!), the No. 18 decide and Tua Tagovailoa, however what they don’t have is an additional first-round decide in subsequent 12 months’s draft. If the Jets are going for Watson, you’d suppose a package deal of Darnold and three (or extra) first-round picks together with this 12 months’s second total can be fairly tempting.
If the Texans need much more than that, ESPN’s Wealthy Cimini studies that the Jets are “keen to pay attention” on a possible commerce that will internet them Matthew Stafford, who not too long ago requested a commerce, and the No. 7 decide for the No. 2 decide.
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