January 25, 2021

5 NFL Teams That Should Do Whatever It Takes to Get Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is "extremely unhappy" in Houston and who can blame him? The franchise has been on the downswing in recent seasons and management seems to be set on wasting Watson’s prime.

Now it appears that things have hit their boiling point and Watson is likely on his way out of Houston. It's unprecedented in the NFL. Never has a 25-year-old franchise quarterback with multiple years left on his contract been available via trade, so there will be plenty of teams interested in acquiring Watson. 

While Houston traded away DeAndre Hopkins for pennies on the dollar last year, they will likely require a massive return for Watson that will include numerous high-valued picks. While the price tag could scare some candidates away, there are some teams that should give up virtually anything that the Texans want. 

These five teams should break the bank for Watson as a franchise quarterback like him in his prime could put these teams over the top and make them legit contenders for years to come.

Denver Broncos

John Elway recently stepped down as the general manager of the Denver Broncos. As GM, one player he certainly had high hopes for was quarterback Drew Lock. After a promising rookie season that saw him go 4-1 in five starts, Lock didn’t have the big sophomore season that was expected of him.

Lock completed just 57% of his passes and threw 16 touchdowns compared to 15 interceptions. His decision making was very poor all season and it looked like he took a massive step back from his rookie season. So it's safe to say that Denver won't mind moving on from the former second-round pick. 

The Broncos’ offense is loaded with young talent in Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, K.J. Hamler, Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton returning from injury. All Denver is missing is a quarterback to get them the ball.

While it might be a little early to give up on Lock, players like Watson are rarely, if ever, available, so they have to do whatever they can to acquire him. 

San Francisco 49ers

It was another tough season trying to evaluate just how good Jimmy Garoppolo truly is. Following a Super Bowl run, it was expected that Jimmy G would take a big step in Kyle Shanahan's offense, but he suffered a high-ankle sprain in the second game of the season that derailed his entire season. 

Along with silly turnovers, durability is Jimmy G's biggest problem — and the reason the 49ers should do whatever they can to acquire a player of Watson's talent. 

Watson is durable and paired with arguably the best offensive play-caller in the NFL in Shanahan, would be set on destroying the rest of the NFL. 

If the NFL is scared of Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid, they'd be equally terrified of a Watson-Shanahan duo.

The 49ers, when healthy, have a roster loaded with talent which would make it easier to trade away future picks knowing that their Super Bowl window could be closing. 

Washington Football Team

With Dwayne Haskins out of town, the Washington Football Team has a glaring hole at quarterback. While the Alex Smith story is one of the best stories in recent years, he will be 37 in May and it is clear he is no longer the same quarterback.

Washington has one of the best defenses in the NFL and should get even better next season. They have some serious talent on offense as well in running back Antonio Gibson, wide receiver Terry McLaurin and tight end Logan Thomas. Give this team a franchise quarterback and the NFC East champs could start thinking Super Bowl.

Their defense is ready to contend, but unless Washington finds a franchise QB, they could be wasting away a pass-rushing attack on cheap contracts and McLaurin. 

New England Patriots

When Cam Newton was headed to New England, the Patriots were expected to continue to be a force in the AFC. Well, that wasn’t the case. New England had one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL and they struggled to score points. Newton looked miles past his MVP form as injuries have ruined his promising career. 

While Newton was the Patriots' biggest failure in 2020, he wasn’t the only disappointment. The Patriots lack receiving talent and their backfield is messy as well. New England may be in for a few rough seasons ahead but a rebuild always starts with a quarterback and Newton is clearly not the one to build around.

If the Patriots can find a way to bring in Watson, then other valuable free agents that New England could really use may be more inclined to head to the Boston area. Right now, top free-agent receiving options like Allen Robinson, Hunter Henry, Will Fuller and Kenny Golladay probably aren’t interested in joining a rebuilding New England team. Joining Watson, however, could change their minds.

Chicago Bears

When you look at the 11 teams that passed on Watson in the 2017 NFL Draft, one team stands out the most, the Chicago Bears. Who did the Bears take with the second overall pick? Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears could rectify that mistake by bringing in Watson four years later.

It’s clear the Trubisky experiment has been a failure and the situation could only get worse if Chicago elects to bring him back as their starter in 2021. Considering Aaron Rodgers just had the best season of his career, Chicago needs to find a good quarterback who can give the Bears a chance to compete with Green Bay.

We know Chicago has the defense and David Montgomery looks like a solid option at running back. If the Bears can bring back Allen Robinson to go along with a potential gem, like Darnell Mooney, then Chicago needs just one more piece to the puzzle, a franchise quarterback.

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