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Oddsmakers see Patriots as a legitimate suitor for Watson

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Will Deshaun Watson's frustration with the Houston Texans lead to action?

The star quarterback reportedly is "extremely unhappy" with the organization after it hired former New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio -- a good friend of Texans vice president of football operations Jack Easterby -- without consulting Watson as promised.

After Texans legend Andre Johnson told Watson to "stand his ground" -- a take endorsed by ex-Texans DeAndre Hopkins and Arian Foster -- there's serious speculation that the QB may demand a trade.

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The Patriots are in the market for a quarterback after an abysmal season with free-agent-to-be Cam Newton. But is there actually a chance Caserio trades Watson to his former team?

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The oddsmakers seem to think so. Here are the odds on where Watson will play his first snap in 2021 -- -- odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook (Colorado).

 
Houston Texans -125
Miami Dolphins +300
New England Patriots +400
New York Jets +450
Chicago Bears +550
Indianapolis Colts +600

Only the Dolphins have better odds than the Patriots (+400) to land Watson should he leave Houston. That certainly should capture fans' attention.

Miami appears best-positioned for a Watson trade, as it can offer 22-year-old QB Tua Tagovailoa and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft (which it actually acquired from the Texans). ESPN's Chris Mortensen also reported Watson would consider waiving his no-trade clause to join the Dolphins.

It's also worth wondering whether Caserio would trade Watson to his former team in New England, knowing that the move would vault Bill Belichick's club back into AFC contention.

But the Patriots' need is there, and if they offer enough draft picks -- Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports Houston could ask for three-first rounders -- the odds suggest the Texans at least would listen.