Washington has real chance at Watson based on Houston’s demands


After Saturday's blockbuster trade that landed Matthew Stafford in Los Angeles, all eyes turn to Houston to see if Deshaun Watson will be the next quarterback on the move. 

There's plenty of reason to believe Watson will get traded, top among them that he's officially requested a trade.

In NFL circles plenty of people believe Watson is willing to sit out the 2021 season rather than play again for the Texans, and despite new hires at general manager and head coach, the damage between the organization and the NFL's passing yards leader last season could be irreparable. 

So after seeing the Rams send two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and former No. 1 overall pick QB Jared Goff to Detroit to acquire Stafford, what would the cost be for Watson?

It's hard to know, but a new report from Houston provides an idea of what the Texans want in a trade:


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Looking at the compensation, it's obviously a lot. A lot. 

And certain teams with stacks of draft picks will be in a better position to match those terms, with the Jets and Dolphins at the top of the list.

Miami has two first-round picks and two second-round picks in the upcoming draft, including the No. 3 overall pick. 


The Jets have two first-round picks including the No. 2 overall pick, one second-rounder and two third-rounders.

Surely with that level of ammunition, not to mention young QBs in Sam Darnold and Tua Tagovailoa, either the Jets or Dolphins could put together an impressive package for Houston. 

But if Houston wants defensive starters, Washington can put an impressive package together as well. 

The picks are the picks, and after winning the NFC East, Washington doesn't draft until the 19th overall pick. Still, Washington has all its picks in the next two drafts, and could match the Texans reported wants. 

That would then allow Washington to deal from a position of strength in Houston's quest for two defensive starters.

Ron Rivera's team has a glut of strong young players on its defensive line, and while trading that away is not ideal, if it nets a star QB it could be worth it. 

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Washington could offer the required picks and then a pair of stud defensive tackles in Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis. Both players are under 27 and could anchor a rebuilt Texans defense. Both players have performed at a high level in Washington, playing at, or near, Pro Bowl level.

Washington would have other options in the trade - Daron Payne, Tim Settle and Montez Sweat could be available too. Should Sweat or Payne get involved, however, that would need to alter the draft pick compensation.

Chase Young should not be available. 

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes makes the case that Washington should not look at trading for a quarterback at all, implying that the draft picks losses can't be overcome. It's an interesting theory and has historical evidence as support. 

Watson seems different though, mostly because he's so young (25) and under contract until 2026.

Trading away a haul of draft picks for a veteran QB can be a dangerous game, but generally, those QBs are 30-plus. 

Watson isn't. 

Washington has not had an answer at the quarterback spot in decades. At some point, this team needs to solve the sports' most important position. 

Watson would solve it, and by using their strength on the defensive line, Washington could actually be in a position to pull this move off.