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Deshaun Watson trade rumors: Patriots, Dolphins, 49ers among best fits for disgruntled Texans QB

The Texans have not had yr of constructing franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson pleased, regardless of giving him a 4-year, $156 million contract extension proper earlier than the 2021 season. It began final March once they traded his go-to extensive receiver Deandre Hopkins to Arizona. And it might finish with Houston buying and selling Watson himself.

The Texans appeased Watson a bit in eradicating now former offensive-minded basic supervisor/ coach Invoice O’Brien in the course of the season — ensuing within the best statistical performance of his career. However they’ve reportedly made him extra upset by not committing to range of their strategy of hiring a brand new GM and coach.

The Texans named Nick Caserio — one other former Patriot, their former director of participant personnel — as GM earlier within the week. In addition they reportedly refused to incorporate Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy of their teaching search. Now the massive query is whether or not Caserio strikes Watson after making concessions on his no-trade clause. And, if he does, what groups are able to touchdown him?

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This is looking on the most cheap suits, together with an already hot-rumored vacation spot:

Deshaun Watson commerce suits

1. New England Patriots

Each crew that is not set at quarterback and has wage cap area ought to take into account buying Watson. He simply led the NFL in passing yardage (4,823 yards) and yards per try (8.9). He additionally posted an elite passer ranking of 112.4, rushed for 444 extra yards and produced 36 complete touchdowns.

Caserio got here from working with Invoice Belichick. The Patriots aren’t bringing again Cam Newton. For now, they’re projected to have practically $60 million out there beneath the cap, the third-highest complete within the league. However would New England be keen to half with rather more than their 2020 first-rounder (No. 15 general) to get him? In the event that they assume Watson is nice sufficient to place them again in AFC title rivalry with Belichick and Josh McDaniels, the reply needs to be sure.

Watson turns 26 in September and is simply getting into his prime. After Patrick Mahomes, he is arguably the second-best younger quarterback within the AFC. He is a longtime participant round whom you possibly can construct a championship crew. It is laborious to consider sacrificing a number of first-rounders for one participant, however gamers comparable to Watson do not normally turn into out there within the open market.

2. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins and Texans have been busy commerce companions when O’Brien was round, most notably involving Houston’s acquisition of Professional Bowl left deal with Laremy Tunsil. Caserio and Miami’s GM, Chris Grier each come from the Patriots’ tree.

According to a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Watson could also be most open to a commerce to the Dolphins, which might contain the Texans getting 2020 first-round quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and different vital compensation. This follows the considering that the Dolphins might not be utterly bought on Tagovailoa as their franchise reply.

Tagovailoa could find yourself being particular in time, however Watson is already a positive factor. The Dolphins completed 10-6 in Yr 2 beneath Flores, simply lacking the playoffs, and have a shiny future forward with loads of cap area. In addition they are sitting on two first-rounders, No. 3 general (by way of the Tunsil commerce) and No. 18. They’re best-positioned to offer the Texans adequately excessive compensation.

3. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers haven’t got a ton of cap area for now — round $23 million — however ought to they pursue Watson, it could be as a result of they’re getting out of Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract. They will do this by consuming solely $2.8 million in useless cash with further cap reduction of $24.1 million.

San Francisco has the No. 12 general choose and might get aggressive with GM John Lynch. He did take a protracted take a look at quarterbacks within the 2017 draft, however finally selected defensive finish Solomon Thomas over Watson and others earlier than buying and selling for Garoppolo in October of that yr.

Watson would thrive in any offensive system, however Kyle Shanahan has a fantastic one that will maximize his dynamic ability set with a robust conventional working sport and established playmakers in Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle. The 49ers, just like the Patriots, should not draw back from giving up so much to get Watson.

4. Washington Soccer Group

Now we’re entering into some wild playing cards. WFT began 4 quarterbacks within the first season beneath Ron Rivera and Scott Turner. Between Kyle Allen, Alex Smith, Dwayne Haskins (now gone) and Taylor Heinicke, there was no definitive long-term answer. Washington has round $42 million in cap area, projected to be the fifth-highest complete.

Turner additionally is a good offensive coordinator, able to adjusting properly to Watson’s ability set. Washington has key playmakers for Watson in working again Antonio Gibson, extensive receiver Terry McLaurin and tight finish Logan Thomas earlier than including extra. The problem could be the compensation: Washington, the NFC East champion however wild-card loser, holds the No. 19 general choose as its greatest asset.

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5. New York Jets

Ought to Watson find yourself within the AFC East, the Patriots and Dolphins are significantly better bets. However the Jets know they’ll miss out on Trevor Lawrence within the draft, so maybe they will faucet into Clemson’s established elite NFL quarterback this fashion. The Jets are round $70 million in cap area, so affording Watson isn’t any concern. In addition they may give the Texans the No. 2 general choose as a part of the compensation — which might permit the Texans to draft a high-upside alternative, comparable to Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

The Jets would wish to supply the precise teaching scenario and proceed to construct up their supporting solid, however that will even be the case in catering to Fields. Joe Douglas ought to a minimum of put in a name to Caserio.

6. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts haven’t got both Philip Rivers or Jacoby Brissett beneath contract for 2021 after being eradicated by the Payments within the wild-card playoffs. They’re proper there with the Patriots in cap area, forward of Washington.

The obstacles towards a Watson commerce begins with the actual fact Indianapolis is the Texans’ AFC South division rival. It ends with not having a top-20 first-round choose. They’ve a greater shot at Watson than the cap-strapped Bears, but it surely’s a protracted one. Simply have in mind the Eagles and Washington as soon as executed an intra-division quarterback commerce involving Donovan McNabb.

7. Denver Broncos

The Broncos would like to get into this combine beneath John Elway, assuming they’re nonetheless not completely bought on Drew Lock. They do have the enchantment of the No. 9 general choose, however in addition they have lower than $20 million beneath the cap out there.

Denver would wish to clear loads of veteran wage (which it may well) and cargo up on a bundle together with that first-rounder to land Watson. That looks as if an actual stretch to place collectively, and the groups above all provide Watson extra snug conditions.

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