Has Deshaun Watson’s frustration with Houston’s mismanagement fractured their relationship beyond repair? Since Watson’s unhappiness with the Texans became public knowledge, trade speculation has taken over.
Now the focus shifts to the fallout. If Watson is traded, what team will he end up on? BetMGM has posted the odds, and the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and New England Patriots are the favorites to land the star quarterback.
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Miami Dolphins +400
Miami is the most likely landing spot for Watson according to oddsmakers and understandably so. Watson has a no-trade clause, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the Dolphins are a team he would consider.
Miami also has a young quarterback to offer Houston in Tua Tagovailoa and the Texans could also get back its 2021 first round draft pick (third overall) that was dealt to Miami in the 2019 Laremy Tunsil trade.
If Houston is looking to start over, Miami has the assets to make it happen.
New York Jets +400
The Jets have a top-three pick this year and a former first-round quarterback in Sam Darnold that could ignite a deal with the Texans.
New York also has the No. 23 pick in the first round and not to mention around $70 million in cap space to absorb Watson’s contract. The Dolphins may not be ready to part with their young quarterback but Darnold appears to be out the door in New York. The Jets are co-favorites on paper but probably the most likely landing spot if Watson is dealt.
Chicago Bears +800 and New England Patriots +1000
While both teams would love to get Watson, they seem a little short on the ammunition required to pull it off. But, never say never when it comes to big names being moved in the NFL.
For the Bears, it would be righting the mistake they made in the 2017 NFL Draft when they selected Mitchell Trubisky over Watson. Chicago could potentially part with Khalil Mack and future first round picks to swing a deal. The pairing of Mack and JJ Watt would immediately give Houston the best defensive line tandem in football.
New England is currently looking to fix its quarterback situation, so who better to target than Watson? That Patriots do have a plethora of picks (10 to be exact) in the upcoming draft, but their first-rounder isn’t until the 15th slot. Maybe they get creative with a multi-pick deal? New England has the cap space and don’t forget, Houston’s new GM Nick Caserio has a relationship with Pats coach Bill Belichick. Expect the Pats to be players if Houston tries to move Watson.
To be clear, Watson has not officially made a request to be traded, and it should be noted that the Texans odds are listed +100, which means there is still a strong possibility of Watson staying put in Houston.
The Texans did interview Kansas City’s Eric Bieniemy, which is who Watson was pushing for in the first place to be the next head coach. Let’s see if the Texans can salvage this relationship.