If you don’t know by now, Texans star QB Deshaun Watson has requested a trade away from the Houston Texans to go and explore other options. This, of course, was expected after the lies and disrespect Watson was given by the front office over the course of the past year. This article breaks down three hypothetical scenarios for Deshaun, and will give insight to which scenario is most likely to happen and why.
Scenario #1 – Deshaun Stays
As of today, it seems that this is the most likely option. The Texans have declined calls from other teams interested in Deshaun and GM Nick Caserio has stated that he is confident the relationship between the team and Watson is fixable and can (and will) be repaired soon. Essentially, no matter what happens, Deshaun Watson will still be a Texan when the 2021-2022 season begins. Bill O’Brien made decisions as General Manager that had crippled their franchise in the past years, and Nick Caserio is attempting to do everything in his power to prevent another mistake.
However, it’s apparent that Deshaun does not view himself as a Houston Texan any longer. Even if he is still on the roster when the new season begins, expect him to never touch the field again as a Texan.
Scenario #2 – Off to Miami you go!
So… Deshaun wants out. Pretty obvious. The thing is, what if the Texans DO trade him away? Well, according to sources around the league, the Miami Dolphins is a top landing spot for Watson. Despite having a young Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins would still be open to having Deshaun become the new QB1 of the franchise.
What are the odds of this happening? It depends. It depends on Nick Caserio’s willingness to wait and trade Deshaun (if he even does), and how much they would want for him. In this situation, the Texans would need to get rid of Watson to the Dolphins ASAP, preferably before or even on draft night. If they wait till after the 2021 NFL Draft, the trade will have lost tons of value. It is fairly rare to see a team get two high First-Round Picks in a draft, with two teams actually in the situation this year (we’ll get to the other team later.)
Overall, it seems that Miami could be a future home for Watson if things were to work out like he wants.
Scenario #3 – Watson to the Big Apple!
When rumors of the Jets being a potential landing spot for Watson hit the public sphere, he “reportedly” wouldn’t mind pairing with new Head Coach Robert Saleh. Saleh was Watson’s “preferred pick” as the next coach of the Texans, but it seemed that Nick Caserio and the Texans organization had other plans.
Similar to the Dolphins, the Jets also have two first-round picks in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, those being the 2nd and 23rd picks. These could be huge for the Texans, as they have little draft capital after the Laremy Tunsil trade. If a trade with the Jets could go through where the Texans seal the 2nd overall pick, the team’s future would be in Caserio’s hands. It could be Ohio State’s Justin Fields, or even BYU’s Zach Wilson. Shoot, it may not even be a quarterback. That’s just the beauty of the game.
The downside to this is that Deshaun’s preferences may have changed, and he may no longer want to go to the Jets. Will the Texans’ respect this and trade him to the team he wants, or will they disrespect him once again and send him to a team he deems unfavorable?
Overall, these scenarios all are possibilities for the future. That’s the best thing about situations like this: anything is possible. He could end up anywhere: Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, the list continues. As fans though, we can’t get the inside scoop. For now, fans must sit back and watch the show of Watson and the Texans’.