The commercial market for Deschawn Watson is starting to take shape and it sounds like the quarterback from Houston Texas prefers to land in AFC East.
According to a report by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Watson told people that his favorite destination would be the New York Jets, followed by the Miami Dolphins.
The reported reason for Watson’s preferences in New York is not the big market or a strong list (shot), but the hiring of former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as their new head coach. Watson’s respect for Saleh is high enough that he reportedly asked the Texans to interview him for their position as head coach, which the team did not do. This is in line with a previous report by Mike Florio on ProFootballTalk.
Saleh is widely seen as a strong lease for the Jets after four years of defending the Niners, who finished fifth in the NFL overall defense this season despite an absurd number of injuries. He is also seen as a player̵
The gap between Watson and the Texans goes back to the way the Texans deal with their head coach and the search for a general manager, so it would not be surprising to see that Watson appreciates a coach enough to follow him to New York. The Texans probably won’t hate the idea of trading with the Jets either, given what the team can give them.
Aircraft in a good trading position for Deschawn Watson
You see, there is usually no team want for trading a quarterback franchise like Deschawn Watson. The Texans obviously want to stick to Watson, but sometimes the situation becomes toxic enough that you have to move on. And if the Texans decide to move on, they could do worse than the package the Jets could probably put together.
Start with number 2 in the 2021 NFL project. It won’t give you Trevor Lawrence – as long as Jaguars Jacksonville do what is expected of them, but it will give you a choice between Zach Wilson of BYU and Justin Fields of Ohio as your next quarterback franchise, and that’s what Texas most they will want a lot if they give up Watson. The Jets also have this year’s 23rd overall pick, thanks to Jamal Adams trading.
Watson to New York will also make Sam Darnold a consumable, so his inclusion will give Houston a week 1 starter if they want to give the next QB acclimatization time. And who knows, maybe Darnold himself became a quarterback franchise now that he escaped Adam Gaze’s gravity.
It is worth noting that the Dolphins can offer a basic package, similar to the above, with number 3 (thanks to Bill O’Brien!), Number 18 and Tua Tagovailoa, but what they do not have is an additional first – about choosing in the project for next year. If the Jets go to Watson, you’d think a package from Darnold and three (or more) first-round picks, including this year’s second overall, would be pretty tempting.
If the Texans want even more than that, ESPN’s Rich Cimini says the planes are “ready to listen” to a potential deal to be provided by Matthew Stafford, who recently asked for a deal, and number 7 for number 2.
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