Bill O'Brien pulled a fast one on Deshaun Watson by taking away DeAndre Hopkins, far and away Watson's favorite target and most dangerous receiving threat. Though bringing in Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb helps to mitigate a portion of that loss, it certainly doesn't provide Watson with a surefire No. 1 WR target week in and week out.
Former six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Ochocinco had an idea to help solve that problem.
That would sure solve the WR1 problem, though it would also likely bring on a bevy of other, possibly more severe issues. But do those problems take away from the potential for an explosive new weapon on the Texans offense? Nope. And do they take away from Deshaun Watson's interest on the matter? Nope.
But Deshaun Watson's interest isn't all that will be needed if Houston wants to pull off such a move. Bill O'Brien will need to be on board, but after seeing the moves he's pulled, that doesn't necessarily seem like the biggest obstacle to overcome. Antonio Brown will need to get out of his own way before any NFL team can sign him, more importantly. Should he stay out of trouble, which certainly isn't a given, the NFL is still investigating his off-field issues, and so a suspension should eventually be expected.
But the thing that may stand in Deshaun Watson's way of working with four-time All-Pro wide receiver is another quarterback.
RADIO.COM Sports NFL insider Michael Lombardi said that Brown would make the Seahawks favorites in the NFC East, even over the loaded San Francisco 49ers, and it's hard to debate that Russell Wilson has ever played with a more talented receiver than Brown. Previous reports have suggested that the Seahawks are emerging as a front-runner in the AB sweepstakes, and the Ravens have been mentioned as well, though Josina Anderson may have poured enough cold water on that.
Brandon Tierney of "Tiki & Tierney" mentioned that any team considering the troubled receiver would need the "proper infrastructure" to strictly coach and communicate with Brown, and he looks at Pete Carroll's tightly run ship in Seattle as a good place to do that. John Harbaugh seems to fit the bill as well. Bill O'Brien? You can be the judge of that.
Despite Anderson's report, it's fun to think about it: Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson. Those three guys are dominant threats in themselves. Can you imagine what they would do with peak AB on their side?