As NFL free agents find new homes, those around the league are waiting on the edge of their seat to see if Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson will be made available for trade. On Wednesday, NFL Media's Mike Silver remained adamant a trade eventually will happen.
"I'm still saying it: He's getting traded," Silver said on the NFL Network.
Silver mentioned the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers and even the New England Patriots as possible trade destinations for Watson. However, he also responded on Twitter that a trade to the 49ers "could happen" and that he "should have mentioned them."
Watson has made it clear to the Texans that he wants to be traded this offseason, while the organization continues to say Watson will be their QB in 2021. A lot can change, though, especially when the 2021 NFL Draft begins April 29.
The 25-year-old has been connected to the 49ers in rumors throughout the offseason, and on Tuesday former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi said the 49ers are one of two destinations that Watson wants to play for.
"[Watson] controls where he wants to go," Lombardi said on "The Rich Eisen Show," when mentioning Watson's no-trade clause. "The rumor is he doesn't want to play in New York, he doesn't want to play in Miami.
"He wants to play in Denver and San Francisco."
The 49ers have checked off many boxes on their offseason. They brought back fullback Kyle Juszczyk, along with cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley, and on Wednesday they fortified their offensive line by agreeing to a record-breaking contract with Trent Williams and added center Alex Mack.
Is quarterback next on their to-do list? Jimmy Garoppolo remains the starter right now, but if Watson indeed becomes available, general manager John Lynch can't hesitate to go get a generational QB like Watson.