Initially, I was against the 49ers’ idea of trading for Houston Texas quarterback Deschawn Watson.
The deal will cost the 49s at least three first-round picks and probably six picks, not to mention all the money Watson would have cost the 49s. He signed a four-year extension to $ 160 million in September. It is extremely expensive.
But this expansion technically doesn’t start until 2022, which means Watson won’t technically make much money in 2021 by NFL standards for a superstar. So, if the 49 could trade for him, they would have to pay him “only”
A huge deal.
So I changed my mind. Here’s what I would do if I were a 49ers general manager:
I would cut Jimmy Garopolo and create $ 24 million in space. Then I would trade whatever it takes to get Watson so I can pay him $ 10.94 million next season. And with the money I saved, I would improve the offensive line. And maybe the 49 would win the Super Bowl. They had a great chance.
And then in 2022, when Watson would earn a whopping $ 35 million and take up more than 15 percent of the 49ers capacity, I would trade it and recover all the capital I gave up to take it.
Watson will be on loan for one year.
The crazy thing would be to pay him 15 percent of the 49ers capacity. Because no quarterback in the history of the free agency has won a Super Bowl while occupying more than 13.1 percent of his team’s capacity.
A player should never occupy 15 percent of a team’s capacity, no matter how great that player is. And Watson isn’t even the best quarterback in the league. He is the top 5.
So rent his services for one season and then send him out of town. It would be a phenomenal one-year decision for the quarterback.