When Deshaun Watson trade rumors first began earlier this month, it seemed like a long shot.
No way would the Texans consider trading their 25-year-old franchise quarterback, even with some hurt feelings about poor communication on the organizational direction.
Texans insider and Hall of Famer John McClain used some hyperbole to illustrate the unlikelihood of trading a star like Watson.
Yet reports continue to circulate about Watson being done with the Texans. Over the weekend, ESPN reported that Watson wants out no matter who is hired as the Texans' next head coach.
So with that in mind, it is time to start seriously considering trade scenarios.
McClain threw this one out there Sunday.
So, who says no to this trade proposal? Brandon Scott and John Healy of RADIO.COM Sports share their thoughts here:
Texans get: No. 2, No. 23 and No. 34 overall picks in 2020; two first-round picks in 2022 (one via Seattle) and one second-round pick in 2022; and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams
Jets get: Deshaun Watson
B.Scott: This is clearly the best option for the Texans, if it gets to this point. No other team has the bounty of picks from them to stockpile this way, and if this is a place Watson is willing to go, then it works.
Remember, Watson has a no-trade clause in the contract he signed last offseason, giving him veto power on any undesirable destination.
The No. 2 pick gives Houston an opportunity to draft any quarterback not named Trevor Lawrence, who almost certainly is going No. 1 overall to the Jaguars.
But that leaves Ohio State's Justin Fields, BYU's Zach Wilson and North Dakota State's Trey Lance in the mix for another potential franchise QB.
Would any of these players be as good as Watson? Probably not. They can, however, be quality starters in the right situation.
The rest of the picks give Houston a chance to rebuild one of the worst defenses we've ever seen, and the addition of Williams would also address that need immediately.
The Texans only say no if they feel the relationship with Watson can be repaired, or if they're willing to play hardball with the face of the franchise.
Healy: Deshaun Watson is a 25-year-old quarterback in the prime of his career, so the cost to get him is not going to be cheap. The Jets have two things working in their favor: Watson wants to be a Jet and they have the assets – including four first-round picks over the next two years – at their disposal to make a deal with the Texans.
But all four of those first-round picks, plus their two second-round picks and Quinnen Williams?
As Randy Jackson once said, “Yeah, that’s gonna be a no for me, dawg.”
While the Jets should certainly consider giving up multiple first rounders, there has to be a line somewhere.
Quinnen Williams is a 23-year-old nose tackle coming off a seven-sack season and still has three years remaining on his rookie contract. Including Williams, the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is essentially adding a FIFTH first-round pick to the deal.
I get it, though. How often does a quarterback of Watson’s caliber become available? The Texans should ask for the moon, but it is not as if Watson is the missing piece to make the Jets a Super Bowl contender.
The Jets still have, well, everything to address. They won two damn games last year. What good is sticking Watson on a two-win team with no draft picks in the first two rounds for the next two years? He might as well be back on the Texans.
Believe it or not, the Jets have some leverage. Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract. If he really wants to play in New York for Robert Saleh, the Jets don’t need to overplay their hand.
That doesn’t mean they can get Watson for cheap. It will probably cost at least three of those first-round picks and maybe both seconds and a player.
But all of them plus Williams? No thanks.