As the NFL offseason begins to hit full swing, it seems as if the biggest news of the league came in the courtroom. Quarterback Deshaun Watson was found not guilty on his 22 sexual assault charges, opening the floodgates for NFL teams to make trade offers to the Houston Texans for the 26 year old superstar.
When last seen on the field, Watson threw for over 4800 yards and 33 touchdowns while on a depleted Texan roster. He is one of the most electrifying playmakers in the sport, and seems to have a sixth sense when evading players in the backfield.
Whoever acquires Watson will gain immediate playoff expectations, and in the right situation, an opportunity at a championship. This article will detail the best ideal trade destinations for Deshaun Watson, and my personal favorite pick.
No team has more to offer the Houston Texans in a potential trade package than the Philadelphia Eagles. General manager Howie Roseman has been accumulating a mass amount of draft picks, including three first rounders that can be used in a deal.
Philadelphia’s roster consists of young talent and veterans with a winning pedigree, and with Watson, would be expected to improve upon their wildcard berth from a season ago. However, I would not expect the team to move on from Jalen Hurts just yet, who turned heads in his first full season under center.
Following the departure of Russell Wilson, Seattle now is a team with a plethora of incredible playmakers, but nobody to throw them the ball. While Drew Lock was sent over in the trade, he does not have the ability to lead an offense well enough to keep the Seahawks competitive.
Watson would instantly get an elite receiving group, highlighted by DK Metcalf and veteran Tyler Lockett. However, I do not expect Seattle to go all in on Watson. They seem to be committed to a true rebuild, and dealing high draft picks and young talent does not go along with that philosophy.
See how these teams could also address their quarterback concerns in free agency.
Once again, the Colts are in a market for a quarterback, this time after trading Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders. Indianapolis has a roster that featured the most pro bowlers in 2021, and were on their way to the playoffs before an epic collapse against the worst team in the NFL in the final week of the season.
Watson will be thrown into an offense with an elite offensive line and the NFL’s leading rusher, Jonathan Taylor. However, I doubt Houston will deal Watson to a team within their division. So while this is a great fit for the quarterback, it will likely not happen.
This potential destination would have a lot of moving parts to it, however could pay huge dividends if played right. Cleveland is a year removed from winning their first playoff game of the 21st century, and still possesses one of the best overall rosters in the NFL.
However, quarterback Baker Mayfield has performed below expectations, and Cleveland was one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL a season ago. With newly-acquired Amari Cooper, Watson can reignite an offense that already features one of the best rushing attacks in the league.
My Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If I had to pick my ideal destination for Deshaun Watson, it would be in Tampa Bay. Despite losing Tom Brady to retirement, the Buccaneers have a championship roster, which includes one of the league’s best offensive lines, group of playmakers, and defenses.
The move to franchise tag Chris Godwin makes it clear that Tampa is not trying to enter a rebuild with a young prospect such as Kyle Trask. With Watson, Tampa will be well within the race to win the NFC and appear in its second Super Bowl in three years.