For many Houston Texans fans, 2020 has been tough. From Bill O'Brien being the general manager to star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins getting traded, Texans fans could at least take refuge in the fact that Deshaun Watson loved playing for their team. Or so they thought. According to many insiders like ESPN’s Adam Schefter and ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, Deshaun Watson does not want to be a Texan anymore. Many wonder how this could be possible considering Watson had just signed a contract extension in September. Well there are many things to address but we will start with the hiring of general manager Nick Caserio.
How We Got Here:
When the regular season ended, Texans owner Cal McNair told Watson that he would get a say in the general manager and head coach hirings. While they did not promise him final say, they said they would keep in the loop for each hiring. The Texans went out and hired Nick Caserio from the New England Patriots as general manager, but the problem was that Watson had no idea and found out on social media, which made him very upset. But that is not the only issue. Watson wanted the Texans to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for their head coaching vacancy. While the Texans did schedule an interview for Bieniemy later, they initially were the only team with a coaching vacancy that did not interview him. This seemed to be the last straw for Watson because he felt that the Texans were not being honest with him. As we stand today, it looks like Watson wants out of Houston. While he has not made an official trade request yet, it is clear that he is not happy with owner Cal McNair.
There is still a possibility that Watson is a Texan next for two reasons. One, while he is unhappy now he has not officially requested a trade. This leaves the door open for Watson to potentially change his mind. The other reason could be the Texans just do not cooperate and keep Watson, forcing him to play out his contract. Franchise QBs are hard to find and Watson has proven to be one. Watson has made the Pro Bowl three times and last season led the league in passing with 4,823 yards, throwing 33 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions. The Texans are not going to want to let a player with that kind of production go easily. We have seen great players like Jalen Ramsey, Khalil Mack, and Jamal Adams all get traded for multiple first round picks. But as great as those players are, they are not quarterbacks. QB is not only the most important position in football, it is the hardest to find great talent. When you think about this it is going to be harder for a great QB like Watson to come available to replace Deshaun than it would for any other player in football. When you factor that Houston has Watson under contract for five more seasons, they do not need to worry about him going anywhere else on his own. But then there is another alternative. Deshaun Watson can make things uncomfortable. He could skip offseason workouts and training camp. He could send out more cryptic tweets and do more things to make the situation uneasy for the Texans. Maybe they decide it is too much for them to keep a disgruntled player and they move Watson for picks. The Texans do not have a first or second pick this year. The Texans would have plenty of suitors who would be willing to give up a lot of draft capital to land a star like Deshaun Watson. In the end the Texans have a tough decision to make and it can affect the entire future of their franchise.
Landing Spots For a Deshaun Watson Trade
While Deshaun Watson would make almost every team in the league better, I think that there are teams where he will work the best. So instead of trying to predict where he goes, I’ll tell you where I believe he should go. Also it is important to note that many feel the Colts are a great fit. While I believe this would be a great place for Watson to go, they play in the same division as the Texans and teams do not trade within division (sorry Colts fans). Another thing that is important to point out is that Watson has a no trade clause. So if the Texans do cooperate and trade him, they will need Watson to approve of the team they want to send him to. So where does Watson fit? I believe that there are two teams where it works the best.
General manager Chris Grier and head coach Brian Flores have done an excellent job in Miami. Despite missing the playoffs a year ago, the team went 10-6. The Dolphins have a great defense that was 6th in the league in scoring. Having that defense to go along with Watson on offense can make them tough to stop. Now the issue that would come of this situation is with Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa was drafted 5th overall in last year's draft and had a solid but not great rookie season. Many people have questioned whether or not Miami should move forward with Tua and get a QB in the draft. While I personally think Tua can be great one day, I know for a fact that Watson is. Miami has two first round picks this year as well to make it happen. If I were Miami I would definitely be calling Nick Caserio.
San Francisco 49ers
The Niners are one year removed from a Super Bowl appearance but regressed to 6-10 this year., mainly due to injuries. Stars like Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and many others missed significant time due to injuries. Next season all of those players will be healthy and the Niners should be back in the mix. The one area that the Niners will have to look at though is the quarterback position. Jimmy Garoppolo was on the Super Bowl team but was inconsistent at times throughout the year. Kyle Shanahan is one of the best offensive play callers in the league. So putting him and Deshaun Watson together would be a deadly combination and make the Niners contenders for years.