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Let's try this hypothetical Deshaun Watson-to-Patriots trade instead

Let's try this hypothetical Deshaun Watson-to-Patriots trade instead

Deshaun Watson to the Patriots.

It's a hot ... well, not even a rumor because a rumor means it came from something or someone, and it hasn't. It's a hot ... well, we're talking about it. 

And by all means, let's talk, baby.

None of us in this line of work are nearly as busy as we typically are. I've legitimately already written one column about Watson to the Patriots. Something about a non-Vegas casino giving him odds to be the Patriots starter in 2021? Good enough for me. Let's party. 

CBS Sports did a post on what it might take for this all to go down. Watson, is, after all, under the Texans' control for another year, then a fifth-year option, then a possible franchise tag.

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Here's the trade that CBS Sports laid out: 

  • Patriots receive: QB Deshaun Watson, 2021 sixth-round pick
  • Texans receive: 2020 first-round pick, 2021 first-round pick, 2021 third-round pick, 2021 fourth-round pick, 2022 second-round pick, OG Joe Thuney

I'd do this trade, but whoops! They rushed it!

The conversation around the Patriots trading for Watson is based on next offseason, not this offseason, for a couple reasons. First off, people will lose their minds in Houston if the Texans trade both DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson in the same offseason. 

Secondly, if the Pats have their eye on Watson, their move should be to play out next season with Jarrett Stidham and see what they have at quarterback before deciding to pay an arm and a leg for a superstar. 

So let's adjust the timing and come up with our own hypothetical. 

CBS Sports got it right with the two first-round pick part (good job, 'preciate you, etc.). Look at trades involving good young quarterbacks — eh, the one the Patriots didn't make, anyway — and high picks are a-flyin'. 

When the Broncos traded Jay Cutler to the Bears after his third season, they got back two firsts and then some. Hell, Carson Palmer was 32 when the Raiders traded for him, and they gave up a first and a conditional pick that could have become another first (it became a second). 

So a 25-year-old (which is what he'll be next offseason) Watson? Yeah, he's costing two firsts easily. Let's say 2021 — which might be a decent pick if the team struggles in Year 1 without Brady — and 2022. 

We can't throw Thuney into the deal because he's currently on the franchise tag and we don't know if the Patriots will have him. Instead, how about a worse player at a position that doesn't matter as much, but for all we know will interest the Texans because they just showed they're dumb enough to trade a good player for David Johnson?

Here's Sony Michel!

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The "logic" here is that Johnson still being good is a tossup, and Michel is young and will have two more years on his rookie deal. Plus, he's a first-round pick so it will make the package look shiny enough. 

Let's fill it out with third-round picks in 2021 and 2022, a second-round pick in 2023 and Stidham, bringing the package to...

  • Patriots receive: QB Deshaun Watson (and the right to pay him a gajillion dollars)
  • Texans receive: First-round pick in 2021, third-round pick in 2021, first-round pick in 2022, third-round pick in 2022, second-round pick in 2023, QB Jarrett Stidham, RB Sony Michel 

Steep as hell, right? Well, that's what it should cost to get one of the best players in the league as he's entering his prime.

And just another reminder: The only logic as to why the Texans would trade Deshaun Watson is because they're dumb or Watson hates them. If they are using their brains at all, they do everything they can to keep him. 

Don't like the trade? I'd like to now invite ESPN to keep the train rolling and come up with a response to my hypothetical trade, which was a response to CBS Sports' hypothetical trade.

I am so, so bored. 

Will Tom Brady lose his mind if the Patriots pay Deshaun Watson?

Will Tom Brady lose his mind if the Patriots pay Deshaun Watson?

Tom Brady is gone, off to the Bucs after they were one of two (2) teams to try to sign him in free agency.

It's probably not a leap to think that between the lack of negotiations and the general wear and tear on a relationship that 20 years takes, Brady and the Pats aren't feeling super lovey-dovey about each other right now. The wound is still fresh, but it will undoubtedly heal down the road.

Know what probably wouldn't help, though? The Patriots getting Deshaun Watson.

If you didn't see over the weekend, Watson was listed as the betting favorite to be the Week 1 starter for the Patriots in the 2021 season. Watson, one of the best QBs in the league, realistically has two years left on his deal, considering his contract holds a fifth-year team option.

The Texans, however, are idiots. After they traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for a song, it's not far-fetched to imagine Watson will either want out or the team will be too stupid to do everything to keep him.

Here's what's particularly interesting, though. If Watson finds his way to New England, it would likely mean the Patriots did something with him they wouldn't with Brady for so many years: Pay through the nose for him. Imagine being Brady, experiencing years and years of taking less, then seeing Kraft and Belichick race to pay another guy top QB money?

Ooh, he'd lose it.

The Patriots should do it if they can, of course. Watson is 24 and is already one of the best players in the league. It might be tough for Brady to hear, but it's far more logical to throw money at a less accomplished quarterback in his mid-20s than it is to pay the most decorated quarterback at the end of his career.

When Watson and Patrick Mahomes sign new contracts (they are both entering the fourth year of their likely five-year contracts), they will be the two highest-paid players in the league. And if the Patriots are lucky enough to be the team paying Watson top-two money, they should jump at it.

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That's about as big an "if" as it gets, though, as it's accompanied by a "how." How could the Patriots get Watson? After all, the Texans traded an extra first-round pick to move up to take Watson in 2017. They then traded two first-round picks, a second and more to get him a left tackle in Laremy Tunsil. So would they really pull the plug with so much invested in Watson?

Well, look at it this way: Maybe if and when the Texans ever get a proper GM, he'll want draft picks, which the Texans don't currently have. The Patriots could throw picks in the early rounds at Houston (and there'd need to be a lot of them) to get Watson out of there, then extend him for a ton of money.

This would be a far cry from how they got their last great quarterback, but then again, drafting the best quarterback of all time in the sixth round and get him to play at a discount for most of his career is kind of a pipe dream. Life without prime Brady is a "welcome to being the rest of the league" experience. And the rest of the league generally gets their star quarterbacks at the top of the draft or by paying dearly for them.

So play it out this season with Jarrett Stidham. See what you've got with him and whoever you have on offense (hopefully a good, young receiver is added in the draft; perhaps Brady being gone will help receivers adjust in New England). If Stidham doesn't look promising, call the Texans. Swing for the fences, back up the Brinks truck. Do what you can to get him, even if it's the exact opposite of what you've had to do the last 20 years.

The case for Tom Brady to wear No. 10 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The case for Tom Brady to wear No. 10 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady got a lower number than he wanted with the Bucs. He should do it again.

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No, I'm not talking about taking even less money. I mean the jersey thing. I don't want Brady wearing No. 12. I don't know why. It certainly isn't a sentimental thing, but I want the Patriots jersey to be No. 12 and the Bucs jersey to be something else.

The obvious choice is 10, which gets my vote. First off, it's his college number. Plus, it will probably be way easier to get No. 10 from second-year sixth-round pick (hey, like Brady!) Scotty Miller than No. 12 from star receiver Chris Godwin.

Another reason to wear No. 10? Brady can own two numbers. He's already the best No. 12 to ever play, but if he's good in Tampa, he can be the best No. 10, as well.

Really, it's not a great number for quarterbacks. You find a lot of RGIIIs and Chad Penningtons wearing it.

Fran Tarkenton? Please. He played in the '60s and therefore would have absolutely stunk if he played against modern competition.

Eli Manning? He... actually did stink against modern competition.

So wear No. 10, Tommy. And everyone else, stay inside so this doesn't persist any longer and this is the last time I write about a stupid jersey number.