Star quarterbacks who only are 25 years old don't become available. It just doesn't happen.
Well, it might this offseason. Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans just might get to the point of no return. The Texans even reportedly have internally discussed trade partners for Watson. If Watson does somehow become available, ESPN's Bill Barnwell believes aside from the Indianapolis Colts, who are in the same division as the Texans, the 49ers would be the best fit for the star QB.
"Given the various options, given who has the cap space, who is likely to make this kind of deal, I like the 49ers as a team that has a great offensive coach, weapons across the board and a solid offensive line," Barnwell said Monday morning on "ESPN Daily."
"The 49ers were a Super Bowl team last year with Jimmy Garoppolo. Watson would be a major upgrade."
Barnwell also noted how the 49ers sending Garoppolo to the Texans could help Houston's front office continue its infatuation with former Patriots.
"And on top of that, we know how much the Texans love to add former Patriots, so this would be a chance for them to add another one if they do decide to give into Watson's wishes and hit the reset button," Barnwell said.
When it comes to roster fits, the 49ers would make a whole lot of sense for Watson, who does have a no-trade clause. They have two dynamic receivers in Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel. They have an all-time great tight end in George Kittle. They have a strong running game with Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. To top it off, they have an offensive guru in Kyle Shanahan.
The 49ers check every box for what Watson would likely want in a new team.
Now, this doesn't mean he's bound for Santa Clara. Far from it. But the time to strike for a star QB is now for the 49ers, and they don't come much better than Watson.