Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wants to be traded from the team, and experts have linked him to the New England Patriots. Watson is definitely into leaving the only team he has ever played for. The 25-year-old doesn’t approve most of the hiring decisions his team made and yes, he wants out.
Former Texans star Andre Johnson supports Watson’s attitude. He even used the word “pathetic” to describe the situation.
The Patriots may be looking for their next signal-caller. Head coach Bill Belichick likes Cam Newton, but he can easily bring someone else in New England. Seth Walder from ESPN worked on the perfect trade package revolving around Watson and his potential suitor.
“Patriots. I legitimately think roughly 25 teams should consider trading for Watson. But let’s go with the Patriots. They need a quarterback, are out of range of the top tier in the draft, and have the cap space to absorb Watson — though he isn’t expensive in 2021 — and spend to make improvements elsewhere. To land him? It’ll take a lot to beat out the other teams interested. I’m dealing running back Damien Harris, the RFA rights to J.C. Jackson, this year’s first-, second-, fourth- and fifth-round picks plus 2021 first- and third-rounders. And Jarrett Stidham, if they want him. But the upside? Pairing football’s greatest coach with a top-5 quarterback again.”
Deshaun Watson may not join the Patriots
Walder suggests that the Patriots should part ways with running back Damien Harris, cornerback J.C. Jackson, a first, a fourth, and a fifth-round pick from the 2021 NFL Draft, and a first and a third from the 2022 draft, including second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham. In other words, Walder believes that the Patriots should give up on nine players to get Watson.
Truth is, Watson may be worth all the money. But, this leaves the Patriots with a big question mark. The team will have to do a lot of work to get back to contending status. They need weapons in the passing game. Watson has 4,823 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and just 7 interceptions, but he needs enough weapons to win games. Watson’s theory may be good, but he forgot one simple detail. The Patriots will have to give up on some of the most talented assets to get the Texans’ quarterback.