Jets must be all-in on Deshaun Watson from Texans, however actuality might get in the best way
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A failed marriage in Houston has nearly created hysteria in the New York, New Jersey area.
With the NFL’s speculative machine operating at high speed, the New York Jets have been linked to Deshaun Watson in potential trading scenarios for the disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback. The talk shows at the local and national levels were packed on Monday.
The back of the New York Post, playing on Watson’s last name, yelled, “WATEVER IT TAKES.”
Let’s take a deep breath and analyze the situation. At this early stage, three questions can be considered:
Should the Jets chase Watson when he’s available? Yes absolutely. You passed it on once (2017 NFL draft). It would be borderline negligent to do it again. Pick up the phone. Make an offer. We’re talking about one of the best players in the league.
Will the Jets take an aggressive run on him? Call me skeptical, but the guess is that General Manager Joe Douglas won’t open his treasure chest of draft picks and trade it for a player.
Would Watson forego his no-trade clause to play for the Jets? This is the question that is underestimated. Basically, he has the opportunity to choose his goal. While coach Robert Saleh’s hiring has caused a stir, the Jets are starting from scratch. Watson will have better options.
Before we dive into the specifics of why the Jets should go all-in for the superstar quarterback, let’s wrap up the developing drama in Texas.
Watson reportedly didn’t ask for a trade, but widespread reports suggest the situation is getting worse. On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that several people in and around the Houston organization believe Watson will no longer play for the Texans.
The Jets are in the middle of the Watson storm because of their unresolved quarterback situation and because they hold four picks for the first round in the 2021 and 2022 drafts, including the # 2 in that April draft. A team has to move mountains to get Watson. In the case of the Jets, we’re talking about the Rockies, not the Appalachians.
A look at the New York Jets draft selections for the next two drafts. This year’s event will take place in Cleveland, Ohio from April 29th to May 1st:
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Draft 2021 of the jets (9 picks in total):
Round 1: No. 2 and No. 23 (via Seahawks)
Round 2: Choose No. 34
Round 3: No. 66 and No. 87 (via Seahawks)
Round 4: Choose No. 98
Round 5: Two picks, one via Giants
Round 6: One choice
Draft 2022 of the jets (9 picks in total):
Round 1: Two picks, one via Seahawks
Round 2: One choice
Round 3: One choice
Round 5: Two picks, one via Steelers
Round 6: Three picks over 49ers and Bucs
The price would be exorbitant. You speak of at least three first-round picks. Think about it: if Jamal Adams brought in two first-round players – a strong security – imagine the cost of a 25-year-old quarterback who made three Pro Bowls and signed by 2025.
Conventional thinking suggests that chasing Watson would not be a smart move for the Jets falling into the “more than one player away” category. Fair cause to be sure. Watson has been brilliant that season – 4,823 yards and 33 touchdown passes – and the Texans went 4-12. So, yeah, it takes more than a superstar quarterback.
If the Jets were to trade three top notch for Watson, they would be mortgaging a significant chunk of their futures and would have to rely heavily on the NFL’s free agency for talent – not the optimal way to build a roster. Douglas drew up a blueprint for the reconstruction, largely dependent on this draft of capital.
But, you know what? Sometimes the best plans have to be discarded and revised. Conventional thinking doesn’t win championships.
If Watson is put on the block, it would be a rare opportunity to get a franchise quarterback in his prime. The narrative from the Jets 2-14 season was that the team lacked a positive culture. Put a player like Watson in the locker room and watch the culture change quickly. He’d be her best attacking player since … well, maybe ever. He would do everyone better.
Money and salary caps wouldn’t be a problem. The Jets have a ton of wiggle room, and Watson’s fees from 2021 to 2025 would be $ 10.5 million, $ 35 million, $ 37 million, $ 29.3 million, and $ 32 million, respectively. Remember that the team trading for him does not have to collect the prorated portion of his signing bonus. The Texans are on the hook for this.
The Jets would get $ 4.8 million back in cap space through trading with incumbent Sam Darnold, who would bring back a selection for the second or third round.
Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith break down as the Texans broke relationship with Deshaun Watson, their franchise quarterback.
All of this speculation will be contentious if Douglas decides to stay on course and work through the draft, but this is a flawed plan as it affects the quarterback situation – unless he is convinced that one of the draft-capable quarterbacks, not named Trevor Lawrence, Watson has -like potential.
But if Douglas has reservations about Justin Fields & Co. and returns it with Darnold without ever checking into Watson … well that would be a huge mistake.
The biggest obstacle in a possible blockbuster deal is Watson himself, who convinces him to accept a trade with the Jets via, for example, the Miami Dolphins, which is supposedly one of his preferred targets.
With a no-trade clause, Watson can control the process like few players before him. The Dolphins went 10-6 with a promising young trainer in Brian Flores. Also, there is no state income tax in Florida, which saves a lot of money for a person who makes millions.
The Jets are a lost franchise – 10 consecutive seasons since an post-season appearance. New York’s biggest selling point is the draft of capital, but most of it would be wiped out by trade and Watson surrounded by a Swiss cheese series.
Hey, it doesn’t hurt to pull off the Trade of the Century, but Jets fans, you might want to hold back on buying a Watson jersey.