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A Watson trade seems unlikely — yet Washington must pursue it

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Even though Deshaun Watson is Salty with the Texans — yes, that's Salty and not salty — it still feels like a trade involving the quarterback is unlikely, at least at this point. While that won't stop the endless Photoshops of Watson wearing other teams' jerseys, it's obviously relevant.

Now, Houston is no stranger to terrible transactions, but moving the 25-year-old would make Bill O'Brien squirm. Watson just put together the best season of his career, and he appears poised to compile another decade's worth of absurd stats.

The Texans are going to try to do everything they can, and then do a little more, to repair the rift that's materializing between the franchise and its main star.

Beyond that, the compensation it would take to pry Watson away from the AFC South organization would enormously massive.

NBC Sports Bay area, for example, came up with four hypothetical swaps between San Francisco and Houston (the Niners are one of the more talked about clubs when it comes to pursuing the signal-caller) and three of those imaginary deals include at least a trio of first-round picks. The other one, meanwhile, involves two first-rounders and Nick Bosa.

So, yeah, the Texans have to actually begin shopping the Pro Bowler, and then they'd have to settle on a package that makes shipping him out tenable in their eyes. Those are two huge steps. 

And yet, Washington should do its due diligence on, if not go even further and make a serious offer for, Watson.


His addition would turn the Football Team into a year-in, year-out contender. Not just the barely-squeak-into-the-postseason kind, either; instead, they'd become the kind that's fighting for playoff byes and legitimately planning for February action. He's that good, he's probably going to get better and he'd be one hell of a person to pair with the rising defense.

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Ron Rivera has already announced that solidifying the QB situation in DC will be his priority in the coming months, and Watson is far and away (keep going after that, too) the top potential solution.

Would a trade require mortgaging a pile of future draft capital and possibly a cornerstone player? Definitely.

Would his contract, which is going to get quite pricey quite soon, require a lot of tinkering and cutting elsewhere on the roster? Also definitely. 

Neither of those factors should matter, though. Premium draft choices rarely result in someone of Watson's caliber (and often don't come close), and he's worth making sacrifices elsewhere.

Again, so far, discussions about Watson departing the Texans are merely conjecture. If they ever turn real, however, Washington needs to be in the front of the line and prepared to elbow out all other bidders in order to acquire him.