The best thing the 49ers have going for them when it comes to a possible Deshaun Watson trade is the fact that the Houston Texans' star quarterback has a no-trade clause. He essentially can pick where he wants to play if he forced his way out of Houston.
But when looking at what the 49ers could offer through the NFL draft, they would have to give up a whole lot. NBC Sports' Peter King believes the 49ers first would have to convince Houston's front office it can believe in Jimmy Garoppolo.
"The only way the 49ers can do this, in my opinion, is to convince them to be in love with Garoppolo, and I don't know if they can do it, and then trade three or four ones [first-round-picks] to even be competitive with this," King said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show.
Luckily for the 49ers, the Texans have a clear infatuation with former New England Patriots, and their new general manager, Nick Caserio, comes from the Bill Belichick tree.
But what if Garoppolo isn't what the Texans desire most? Should Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch really consider adding a player like Nick Bosa, George Kittle or Fred Warner to a Watson package? King believes they just might have to.
"That's where I would go if I were the 49ers," King said. "As much as it would pain you to do so, they would probably have to include one or more of those players."
This of course is less than ideal for the 49ers. The goal would be to add Watson to their win-now roster that includes those star players. Finding ways to add a 25-year-old star quarterback isn't a perfect puzzle, though.
The simple fact is, teams like the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins have more young assets to offer. If the Texans do move on from Watson, they likely will go into a total rebuild. It wouldn't make much sense for them to build around Garoppolo, it would make more to go with a young QB in the draft.