Houston, you have a problem! Yes, you hired a head coach today in David Culley. But, Deshaun Watson officially wants out from Houston. Watson requested a trade this morning, most likely ending his tenure with the Houston Texans. Many questions now surround the Texans. Not only will there be a new coaching staff, there will now most likely be a new starting quarterback. With Watson wanting a trade, you can’t help but think who else could possibly want out from Houston. But, that’s a conversation for another day.
Houston Texans career and anger
Deshaun Watson’s career stats…
• 67.8 comp. %
• 14,539 passing yards
• 269.2 pass YPG, 8.3 YPA
• 104 pass TDs – 36 INTs
• 104.5 passer rating
• 1,677 rush yards
• 17 rush TDs pic.twitter.com/lfFY7xve4g
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) January 28, 2021
Numbers don’t lie. Watson had a stellar career with the Texans. It’s a shame that Houston basically ignored him when it came to their head coach and general manager search. Watson made it clear as day to management that he wanted Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Not only that, but Nick Caserio was not on Watson’s radar to be the new GM. However, this isn’t the only reason into Watson’s decision. Former coach Bill O’Brien trading away star wide receiver Deandre Hopkins for basically a bag potato chips and David Johnson did not sit well with Watson.
17 trade proposals for Deshaun Watson, ranked from least to most likely 👀
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 28, 2021
So what is the future for Deshaun Watson? In simple terms, football. But where exactly will he be playing next year? As of now, his top destination is the New York Jets. Yes, I know that’s disgusting to think about it. But, the Jets are under new leadership in Robert Saleh, someone who Watson really respects in the league. The Jets currently hold the second overall pick and have the best chance to pull off this trade. If Watson becomes a Jet, the Bills will have competition next year within the division.
New England Patriots
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) January 28, 2021
It’s no secret that the New England Patriots need a quarterback. The Patriots have the money, and the picks, and the players to send to Houston in order to land Watson. But, will it happen? Typically, Bill Belichick isn’t one to make a blockbuster trade like this, but with the current situation of the team, maybe he turns over a new leaf. Currently, only Jarrett Stidham is signed to the team as a quarterback. Now would be the perfect time for Belichick to strike and put New England back on everyone’s radar of being atleast a playoff contender.
Other trade contenders
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) January 28, 2021
Yes, the Carolina Panthers are a team to keep an eye on. They have a young receiving core, and run a college like offense. Carolina didn’t succeed this year, but with Watson on that team, watch out. Deshaun Watson and Christian McCaffrey, that just sounds dangerous. Other than Carolina, expect to see Miami in the running as well as Denver. For Miami, obviously they would trade Tua and draft picks in order to get the Houston sensation. It most likely wont happen, but it’s something to keep an eye on. As for Denver, it’s a similar situation to Carolina. A young offense that would thrive with Watson under center. Yes they have Drew Lock and yes Lock is good, but Watson is better.
Well, we all saw this day coming. The Houston Texans are a joke. When the rumors were first coming out, former players were telling Watson to get out. Now, Deshaun Watson officially wants out from Houston. Nobody blames the kid. The longer he stayed in Houston, the longer his career would rot away from him. It seems that Houston is officially the newest career death trap in the NFL. It wouldn’t be surprising if JJ Watt is next to want out from Houston.
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