Recent reports have been circulating the NFL that one of its brightest stars could be on the move this offseason.
Deshaun Watson is reportedly heavily debating requesting a trade from the Houston Texans.
Watson was drafted 12th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Texans and has been an elite player for the franchise since.
Rumors of Watson’s frustration took to the surface when ex-GM and head coach Bill O’Brien traded away elite wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins. Additionally, recent news says that Watson is frustrated that he was not involved in the hiring of new GM, Nick Caserio. After another season of great success for the quarterback and little success for the team he plays for, it seems as though Watson has had enough with his current franchise.
The market would be great for the Texans to look to trade Watson and start a rebuild for the future. Their return can be immense if they decide to trade their well-rounded star player.
There is much speculation that the Lions are considering moving on from their current starting quarterback, Matthew Stafford. He is under contract through the 2022 season, but trading Stafford would save Detroit $20 million in cap space for next season. This would need to occur before acquiring Watson from the Texans due to the minuscule amount of cap space the team currently has. Even after trading Stafford the Lions would still take a big hit eating some of his contract money, so it’s no sure thing that Stafford is traded this offseason. If they are able to get a deal done, look at Detroit as a potential suitor to push for a trade for Deshaun Watson.
Washington Football Team
The Football Team did not have the best situation at the quarterback position this year, to say the least. Dwayne Haskins, the 2019 1st-round pick, was released a couple weeks of ago after having issues on and off the field. Alex Smith had a comeback for the ages after facing a long road to recovery from his gruesome leg injury in 2018. Unfortunately, Smith does not look like the player he once was and does not seem like a reliable option for Washington if they plan on becoming real contenders. The WFT has a top-notch defense, several weapons on offense, and a stellar offensive line unit. The only thing they seem to be missing is a quarterback that can put everything together for them. If Ron Rivera truly believes in his team’s ability to be legit contenders, Watson getting shipped to the nation’s capital looks like a real possibility.
New England Patriots
If you looked up “disastrous” on the Internet, it should instantly pop up with a picture of Cam Newton in a Patriots jersey. Newton was considered by many to be one of the worst starting QB’s in the league this year. He was on a one-year “prove-it” deal, and signs are pointing towards him not returning to the team next year. Backup QB, Jarrett Stidham, had a lot of buzz surrounding his name going into the 2020 season but did not show any flashes of great play when given an opportunity. With Bill Belichick being a notoriously bad early-round drafter, and rumors of Stephon Gilmore being traded this offseason, don’t count out a trade package including him and a couple of early picks for the Patriots to acquire a sure-fire quarterback of the future.
You may be wondering how Miami ended up on this list. Yes, I am aware they just drafted a quarterback being Tua Tagovailoa 5th overall in last year’s draft. But there is thought that Miami’s head coach, Brian Flores, does not have full confidence in Tua. Flores pulled the rookie from games a couple of times this year, particularly in their Week 17 game against the Raiders, leaving fans wondering if he believes in Tagovailoa’s ability to win games for Miami. Tua was replaced by the man everyone loves to watch- Ryan Fitzpatrick- but he is a free agent this offseason and may leave. What makes a Watson trade very realistic is the assets the Dolphins have. They currently hold the 3rd and 18th overall picks in the upcoming draft. A borderline playoff team, the Dolphins may try to trade one or both of these picks to obtain what may be the player to get them into the playoffs and become an actual contender in the AFC.
The Dallas Cowboys are never out of the realm of possibility when it comes to acquiring big-name talent. Their starting quarterback of the past several years, Dak Prescott, is set to become a free agent this offseason. With no certainty that Dak will resign, the Cowboys may decide to go in a different direction. While their defense is nothing to brag about, Dallas has one of the best overall offenses in the league. With weapons all around the QB position, the firepower of this offense with the addition of Deshaun Watson could be one that takes the league by storm. If this were to happen, the Cowboys would probably need to make some roster moves to clear some cap space, but this would never stop “America’s team” from making the moves as long as Jerry Jones is their owner.