Deshaun Watson has had enough of the Houston Texans. For weeks now, there are rumblings about him wanting out of the Lone Star State. Despite Nick Caserio becoming the new general manager of the franchise, Watson set his mind on leaving Houston.
Many teams need quarterbacks this offseason. Drafting a quarterback will take grooming and development. Trading for Watson will give a team a star veteran quarterback.
Here are five landing spots for Deshaun Watson this offseason.
San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Shanahan is viewed as one of the best coaches in the NFL providing coaching stability. Watson is 25 but has proven to be a top quarterback year after year in the NFL. The 49ers are stable and have one of the top defenses in the NFL, not counting the injuries they dealt with in 2020.
Deshaun Watson grew up in warm weather areas, so California would be no different. The coaching and front office stability are there and so is the young receiving core containing Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk and a top-three tight end in George Kittle.
The Miami Dolphins have already had reports come out about them that many players on the roster are concerned with Tua Tagavailoa’s playing level despite him being a rookie. Brian Flores has wholly changed that Miami defense to be a top competitor in the NFL.
Trading for Watson, the Dolphins will most likely have to give up their 3rd & 18th pick in the draft and more. In exchange for Watson, that wouldn’t hurt them too much, because the Dolphins are top five in cap space. Although the Dolphins have Devante Parker and Mike Gesicki, a possession catching tight end, they would still be missing a few needs when it comes to offensive weapons. Dolphins could look to target players like Allen Robinson, Kenny Golladay, Chris Godwin, or bring a familiar face in like Will Fuller.
New York Jets
The New York Jets came dead last in the total offense, right behind their fellow neighbor, the New York Giants. The Jets could use a playmaker on offense at the quarterback position, such as Deshaun Watson. They are top five in cap space, so bringing in a veteran receiver to go alongside young wideout Denzel Mims, is something Gang Green will need to do after or before they trade for Watson. Mims showed potential in the games he played.
This team has a newly acquired head coach in Robert Saleh, who is fresh out of Kyle Shanahan’s coaching tree. Saleh brought the 49ers running back coach alongside him on the Jets coaching staff. Bringing in a running back to complement Watson in that scheme, would elevate that side of his game and spread his passing ability. A running back to keep an eye on and monitor would be Aaron Jones.
Mike Tomlin is one of the best coaches to ever coach in football and has never had a losing season in his career. Ben Roethlisberger is aging and is looking toward retirement. The Steelers have, if not the best, one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Having to worry about a shootout won’t be something Watson has to think about. The Steelers receiving core is very young, containing Chase Claypool, Dionte Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Eric Ebron at tight end. Watson will have the coaching stability he’s never had, and he will be able to grow with these young receivers. The issue is they are currently among teams dead last in cap space.
The Indianapolis Colts have one of the best offensive lines in the entire league. Pair that with an excellent and young running back tandem containing Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines and the Colts can be more dynamic on offense.
Michael Pittman started to shine over the final weeks of the season which gives hope for the the 2020-2021 season. Zach Pascal is also a young target, which was an extremely reliable target for Rivers. The Colts defense ranked top five in the NFL, so Watson won’t go toe to toe with every offense asd he did with the Texans.