The Houston Texans probably don’t want to trade Deschawn Watson, a legitimate quarterback franchise in the heyday of his NFL career.
But with all the signs pointing to a superstar who wants to get out of his current position, the Texans may end up with no choice.
Thus the question arises: What can Houston really expect to get in a deal involving Watson?
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler recently asked the NFL front office staff, and several evaluators told him that Houston could definitely get at least three first-round options.
“Oh yeah – it’s worth it,” the NFC chief executive told Fowler. “The extraction would be pretty crazy.”
As Fowler notes, eight NFL veteran players have been traded for multiple first-round elections since 2000, but technically no Herschel Walker player in 1
It is reasonable to think that the Texas asking price for Watson would be astronomical, as it is extremely rare for a player of his caliber to be available in trade negotiations, especially a quarterback in today’s happy NFL.
Three first round choices – or a similar value – can be a startup point in the negotiations.
“NFL front office staff are unanimous in this, with several saying additional capital may be needed for the project,” Fowler wrote in an article published Wednesday on ESPN.com. “It largely depends on where the elections in the first round can fall. Many have suggested that if (Jamal) Adams, (Jalen) Ramsey and (Laremi) Tuncil win the first two, Watson should get much more because of the importance of the quarterback’s position. “
Watson, the 12th overall pick in 2017, won three Pro Bowl selections in his four seasons with the Texans setting 4-12 records in 2020 despite the excellent performance of the 25-year-old.
He is also under contract during the 2025 campaign, after signing a renewal with Houston in September. So any team that acquires Watson would do so with the understanding that they have been locked in for a few years at a reasonable quarterback rate for their height.
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