Is Deshaun Watson able to take flight?
Amongst organizational turmoil, it looks as if Watson’s future with the Texans is murky at finest, resulting in loads of commerce rumors during the last two weeks. Whereas the story of Watson’s potential commerce companions are on the forefront, the Jets — sure, the New York Soccer Jets — make loads of sense as a vacation spot.
A number of speculative — enable me to repeat, speculative — studies indicated that the Jets, armed with a battle chest of commerce belongings, can be within the combine to commerce for the Houston franchise passer, reaffirming that concept:
There’s no group on the market higher positioned than the New York Jets to place collectively a compelling commerce bundle for Deshaun Watson. https://t.co/yAegDVMM38
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2021
However what if paper got here to apply? What if the Jets and Texans get severe like Chip and LaFawnduh, and commerce talks begin to warmth up between the 2 franchises?
Save your “Similar Outdated Jets” jokes. Shut out of the buttfumble gif. Sure, this can be a group that just lately employed Adam Gase. This can be a group that finds a option to spell “canine” as “C-A-T.” However with high head coach candidate Robert Saleh taking the Jets job and normal supervisor Joe Douglas dwelling as much as popularity as a well-respected front-office man, perhaps the Jets’ fortunes are beginning to flip round.
With the Jets one among just some groups in prime place to commerce for Watson — and if Watson had been to waive his no-trade clause and invite a commerce to New York — then there’s loads of purpose for each side to get a deal executed.
Actually, any article value its salt would start and finish with this: It is Deshaun Freakin’ Watson. However there’s somewhat extra to a Watson commerce than that.
Let’s begin with the apparent: This is a listing of Jets quarterbacks who’ve began a sport for New York since 2000:
- Vinny Testaverde
- Chad Pennington
- Quincy Carter (?)
- Brooks Bollinger
- Kellen Clemens
- Brett Favre
- Mark Sanchez
- Greg McElroy (??)
- Geno Smith
- Michael Vick
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Bryce Petty (???)
- Josh McCown
- Sam Darnold
- Luke Falk (????)
- Trevor Siemian
- Joe Flacco
Want we go on?
This record is fairly context impartial, however should you’re wanting solely on the QBs drafted and anticipated to be franchise passers — Pennington, Sanchez, Smith, Darnold — the Jets have been looking for a franchise-altering signal-caller since Joe Namath wagged his finger after Tremendous Bowl 3 (Ken O’Brien however).
By the best way, we might be remiss if we did not point out the Christian Hackenberg experiment that could not even make it previous the speculation stage; Hackenberg by no means took a snap in a regular-season NFL sport and the one passes he accomplished had been to Jets beat reporters on the apply area sideline.
Merely put: This group is in determined want of a quarterback, with 2018 No. 3 general decide Darnold not reaching his ceiling, and it is turning into more and more obvious that ceiling will not be in New York.
Even on a 4-12 Texans group, Deshaun Watson is coming off an all-world season: 33 touchdowns to simply seven interceptions whereas main the league in passing yards with 4,823 on a group that was in any other case devoid of offensive expertise. Watson is the kind of participant to raise these round him, which means the expertise hole on the Jets would not be as huge as some assume it is likely to be.
There’s additionally the query of contract, which might be a significant boon in favor of the Jets: Watson’s deal, which runs through 2025, is definitely fairly group pleasant for the caliber of participant he’s and the sum of money QBs are making now. By the best way, the Jets are scheduled to have over $70 million in cap area getting into this offseason, greater than sufficient to assist complement the roster in key areas.
It additionally helps the Jets that new head coach Robert Saleh was reportedly a alternative of Watson’s to get an interview from Houston throughout their teaching search. These solutions fell on deaf ears, although, with proprietor Cal McNair selecting to not interview Saleh.
Talking of Saleh, what a present it might be for a neophyte head coach to not have to fret about navigating a rookie quarterback or having to develop or babysit one: Buying and selling for Watson immediately provides the Jets one much less space to give attention to enhancing about whereas GM Joe Douglas continues constructing out the remainder of the roster.
Buying and selling for the 25-year-old Watson would lastly give the Jets a solution at quarterback, eradicating most if not all doubt below middle after toiling and floundering for years (a long time) looking for the subsequent man.
Actually, it is exhausting to identify a draw back right here …
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… However there are some purple flags you’ll be able to spot.
Listed below are a number of cons in buying and selling for Watson:
Questionable style in music:
Watson shared this tweet on Jan. 15. Who listens to Future within the 12 months of our lord 2021?
Watson does not actually look nice in black and purple, proper? He’d look a lot better in Gotham Inexperienced and Highlight White (and occassionally Stealth Black).
Eh, regardless of. Loads of time for buying in New York’s vogue district, or when he is getting fitted for a Jets uniform.
On a severe notice, it is exhausting to pinpoint the precise cons right here should you’re the Jets.
Watson is a confirmed chief and participant. He is younger. He is due simply over $10.5 million in 2021 earlier than his big-money extension kicks in, with $35 million, $37 million, $32 million and $32 million due yearly between 2022 and 2025. Contemplating that quarterbacks will proceed to earn increasingly, that is a comparatively pleasant quantity for a group. The Texans would even be on the hook for Watson’s signing bonus, simply over $5 million a 12 months if he’s traded.
If you are going to level to a single flaw in doubtlessly buying and selling for Watson — and actually, there’s just one — it is the draft picks it might take to amass him. The Jets aren’t precisely a group rife with expertise, which means they may actually, actually use these first-round picks, particularly those they gained within the Jamal Adams commerce, to assist flip the roster round within the fast to assist the quarterback and the roster normally.
If Watson turned accessible by way of commerce, the Jets ought to name. You could possibly commerce 2nd decide this 12 months (they nonetheless have twenty third decide), 1st in 2022 (They’ve 2) & 1st in 2023. That’s 3 first spherical picks. They may pickup additional decide/picks in the event that they traded Sam. (My reward to sports activities radio)
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 17, 2021
Any bundle going Houston would probably include three first-round picks, plus extra. The Jets are at present scheduled to choose No. 2 general — the place some rumors point out they’re going to probably choose a quarterback — and No. 23 within the first spherical of this 12 months’s draft. They’ve each their very own first-round decide and Seattle’s first-rounder in 2022.
The Jets have not precisely had the propensity to carry onto or develop their first-round picks during the last decade, with simply three picks on the group from the final 10 drafts (Darnold, Quinnen Williams, Mekhi Becton), placing them within the state of affairs they’re right this moment.
Douglas had a powerful displaying in his first draft with the Jets in 2020, with rookies having a direct influence on the group: first-round decide Mekhi Becton appears like the products at left deal with, second-round decide Denzel Mims flashed after coping with accidents early within the second and the Jets mid-round picks — Ashtyn Davis, Bryce Corridor — each offered one thing on the defensive facet of the ball. If the Jets are going to construct with out the surplus of first-round picks, then the margin of error for Douglas to get these mid-round picks improper is fairly slim.
Nevertheless it’s not inconceivable: Loads of groups have proven they’ll construct with out first-round picks. The Rams gave up some fairly hefty draft capital to commerce as much as choose Jared Goff (and that is Jared Goff, thoughts you), and went to a Tremendous Bowl a number of years later. The Eagles did the identical factor, in the exact same draft, to get Carson Wentz, and gained a Tremendous Bowl in 2018.
The packages each squads gave up is not congruent to giving up three, first-round picks, clearly, however even when the Jets gave up that capital, they’d probably nonetheless have a possibility to choose within the first in both this 12 months’s draft or subsequent 12 months’s. Not precisely leaving them with out the capital sooner or later.
Nonetheless, if the byproduct of buying and selling away three first-rounders is a perenniel MVP candidate in Deshaun Watson?
That is a danger value taking.