Why Young says 49ers trading for Deshaun worth draft capital


Deshaun Watson reportedly is growing increasingly unhappy with Houston Texans management after a dismal season for the franchise, and trade speculation to teams like the 49ers has begun to heat up.

A player of Watson’s caliber certainly wouldn’t come on the cheap in any trade, even if his displeasure with Houston’s front office grows. The 25-year-old just signed a four-year, $156 million contract this past offseason, and any deal netting Watson likely would have to include at least two first-round picks, in addition to a great or even top-of-the-line player. Even at a steep price, 49ers legend Steve Young believes Watson is worth it.

"I would give two first-round picks for generational quarterbacks — these are potential Hall of Famers," Young said on KNBR's Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks show (h/t 49ersWebZone). "Who are the generational quarterbacks playing right now? Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, probably Josh Allen. Like, young guys. Justin Herbert, very quickly. I would not trade Justin Herbert for less than that, even though he's won four games or something like that. But there's something about him that really gives me that sense."

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The 49ers have +1000 odds of landing the star quarterback in a trade along with the Washington Football Team (odds provided by our partner, PointsBet). One of the number of trade scenarios thrown out involving the 49ers and Texans would include 49ers pass rusher Nick Bosa, but 49ers wideout Deebo Samuel believes the rising star is untouchable.


Watson is one of the league’s great quarterbacks, and if you have the chance to go get him, don’t be afraid to part with a few draft picks in the process.

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