Deshaun Watson seems to have leaked that he desires a trade. This is huge news out of Houston, and considering that Deshaun is one of the best players in franchise history, I am guessing it will take a king’s ransom for the Texans to release Watson to another team (although if Bill O’Brien was there he probably would have just got a fourth round pick out of it). Here are five totally out there trade scenarios that could work if Deshaun really is serious about leaving, and if the Texans are willing to part with him.
The Jets ship Sam Darnold, their first round pick in 2022, and their late first round pick in 2021 to the Texans in exchange for Deshaun
The Texans traded away all of their early picks for what now looks like a bag of spoons, so the Texans are in serious need of early picks. At the same time, you do not want AJ McCarron as your insurance, so the Jets give away Sam Darnold while still being able to pursue a quarterback with the second overall pick. There are a lot of reasons why this trade will probably not go down, but if the Jets really wanted to make a move for Watson, I am guessing that this offer would make a convincing argument.
The Texans trade Deshaun to the New England Patriots in exchange for JC Jackson a second round pick in 2022, a first in 2021, and a fourth in 2022
The Texans secondary is awful. Like it is really desperately awful, they have the discarded remnants of failed first round picks, plus a slew of late round picks who are barely good enough to be backups. Jackson would add a powerful force to the secondary, and while this still leaves Houston without a quarterback, the Texans have the draft to explore with the addition of a new first round draft pick. I guess the Texans could always trade up.
Deshaun lands in Chicago in exchange for Nick Foles, David Montgomery a first round pick in 2021, a first round pick in 2022, and a second round pick in 2021
The Bears gratefully part ways with Nick Foles awful contract and inherit the quarterback that they should have inherited in the 2017 draft. The Texans can now give the offense to Foles, who can keep the engine running on the Texans until they find their new franchise quarterback. The Texans also get a great value add in Montgomery, who has been a very sneaky elite running back for the past two seasons. Watson would go great with Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller in Chicago, and his running ability would help make up for the loss of Montgomery.
The Jags get Deshaun Watson for their first overall pick in 2020, a first and a third round pick in 2022, and LB Myles Jack
Just like that, straight up. The Jags roster is actually not that awful, with much better coaching I believe their ceiling this year was about eight wins. Now that ceiling can be much more of a reality now that you have cleaned house, and are going to bring in a franchise quarterback. It’s a lot to bank on, but to be honest who cares about Trevor Lawrence when you now can have a proven star for the future. Myles Jack also gives the Texans a defensive presence that they would be able to build around.
The Texans give up Deshaun Watson for Ronald Jones, Jamel Dean, a 2021 first and third round pick, and a 2022 third round pick
The Texans are in desperate need of a running game, and Jones can give them just that. In addition, Jamel Dean is a stupid good cornerback who was so good that he got a 76.6 grade from PFF. And from the Bucs side, if you are going to get your future of the franchise, who also happens to have incredible running ability, I think you would be willing to sacrifice a running back who so far has only had one and a half seasons where he has looked solid.