Imagine Deshaun Watson on the 49ers. Imagine him in an offense with Kyle Shanahan as his head coach, and offensive weapons like George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and Raheem Mostert at his disposal. Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin knows that would be a nightmare for the rest of the NFL if the 49ers were able to acquire the disgruntled Houston Texans star quarterback.
"If you can get an elite talent at that position, forget getting to a Super Bowl, you're talking about being able to go to the Super Bowls each and every year," Irvin said Monday night on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "And Deshaun Watson is certainly that super talent that we were just talking about.
"If you can get him and put him with that in San Fran, holy smoley moley, it's off the chain."
Watson reportedly isn't happy with the Texans' frustrating front office, and could be on the move. League execs see a path to him being traded to the 49ers, too.
Irvin certainly believes Watson is worth sending a large package to Houston in exchange for the QB.
"I'm willing to give up the draft picks and [Jimmy] Garoppolo," Irvin said. "You can take Garoppolo, you can take the draft picks. I'd give up two first-round picks and Garoppolo. And with Deshaun wanting to leave, I don't know why that wouldn't get it done. You get a good serviceable quarterback and you have two first-round draft picks coming.
"I'm willing to make that trade."
The 49ers' brass of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan have made it clear they expect Garoppolo to be their starting QB next season. But when you even have the slightest chance in adding someone like Watson, you have to do your homework. The 49ers must monitor this situation.
It won't be easy to acquire Watson, and it's no guarantee the Texans are willing to part ways with him. Trading for him could cost even more than Irvin suggests. But nearly every trade package is worth it when it comes to the 25-year-old star.
The 49ers still are searching for their sixth Super Bowl ring. Irvin believes Watson is the answer for San Francisco. Just how far the front office goes in entertaining that idea will be fascinating to watch this offseason.