By William Kosann
Arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Deshaun Watson, recently said that he wants out of Houston. Deshaun has played with the Texans for four years. He has only made the playoffs twice in his career and has one playoff win. With star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins leaving the team last year, Deshaun is the only star player left on the team, aside from aging JJ Watt. Despite Deshaun leading the league in passing yards, Houston was one of the worst teams in the league this year. This coming offseason, Deshaun is expected to ask for a trade to get out of Houston. Here are some of the better options for him:
New York Jets
After the Jets ended up going 0-14, it was almost guaranteed that they would get the first overall draft pick and draft Clemson star, Trevor Lawrence. Then in week 15, the Jets had one of the biggest upsets of the year and beat the Los Angeles Rams. Since the Jets no longer have the first pick, what are they going to do? The Jets could stick with Sam Darnold or they could deal him and a handful of draft picks to the Texans in exchange for Deshaun Watson. Watson admitted that one of the coaches he wanted to be with was Robert Saleh, former 49ers defensive coordinator and now head coach of the Jets. Texans have had trouble rebuilding for years, and while they did hit a home run with Deshaun Watson, they have failed to support the Pro Bowl player with relevant talent.
The Miami Dolphins shocked the league this year with a record of 10-6 and being second in the AFC East, but there are still some issues at quarterback. Tua Tagovailoa was the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft. Hoping to have him learn from one the smartest quarterback in the NFL, the Dolphins benched him at the beginning of the season to learn from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Dolphins gave Tua the reins to the offense midway through the season, but the quarterback struggled to win close games, often benching him late and putting in Fitzpatrick. Will Tua improve as Miami’s starter? If not, Deshaun Watson is a proven quarterback that could be traded for Tua and draft picks.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers’ quarterback is currently injury prone Jimmy Garoppolo. While he did take them to the Super Bowl in 2019, Garoppolo has had some underlying health issues. Garoppolo is a system quarterback, much like Kirk Cousins, who lacks a “wow” factor. Combining Deshaun with the 49ers’ offensive weapons and proven head coach Kyle Shanahan could be something special. Deshaun Watson could ignite the 49ers offense and help them reach their potential.
The Colts had a surprisingly dominant season, finishing at 11-5. Controlled by their defense, the Colts look to improve their offense in this coming season. With their quarterback, Phillip Rivers, retiring, they need to invest in someone new. Jacoby Brissett had been their starter in the past, but he has failed to really shine. Drafting a quarterback may not be the best move either since most quarterbacks need a year or two to develop and gain NFL experience to win big games. Deshaun Watson could fit in nicely to the Colts’ offense. A top 5 quarterback and a top 5 defense could take the Colts far into the playoffs, if the Colts could get their hands on Watson this offseason.
Another defense centered team, the Pittsburgh Steelers surprised the league with going undefeated for the first 12 weeks. Their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, looks to be towards the end of his career. With their pass heavy offense, Watson could help this team thrive. The Steelers have a young team that can really play, and Deshaun Watson could help them take control of the AFC North.
For years the Bears have struggled at their quarterback position, in 2017 the Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky second overall, over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. Trubisky has not proven to be the franchise quarterback that they intended, so the need to look at their options. Deshaun Watson is an obvious candidate. Pairing Deshaun up with star wide receiver Allen Robinson could be a dangerous duo in the NFC North. The Bears have practically everything else in place: running back, David Montgomery, a lethal defense, and some offensive weapons. They just need someone to command the offense and take it the distance.