The Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson are seemingly at an impasse. While reports came out that Watson was upset about the lack of involvement regarding the general manager for the Texans, there’s a possibility the star quarterback is playing elsewhere come September.
There is a growing sense from people in and around the Texans’ organization that Deshaun Watson has played his last snap for the team. It’s early in the off-season, there’s a lot of time left, but Watson’s feelings cannot and should not be underestimated.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2021
The Texans are still searching for a new head coach, but the relationship between Watson and the franchise has not made this an easy process. What’s even more difficult is the fact that Watson has a full no-trade clause, so he can essentially choose where he goes or where he doesn’t go.
Deshaun Watson negotiating for a no-trade clause in his extension is critical. The Texans can't just send him to football Siberia; he has to approve the location. https://t.co/Gi0qgryzDR
— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) January 17, 2021
With all that being said, let’s take a look at the best destination for Deshaun Watson.
3. Miami Dolphins
This makes too much sense, not just for the Dolphins but also for Watson.
The ex-Clemson star would be joining a near-playoff team from 2020. The Dolphins’ defense was sensational, and head coach Brian Flores has the city of Miami buzzing with excitement. They were one game from making the playoffs and had some key injuries to their offense this past season.
Watson would come in and immediately put this team in contention for the AFC East title, even with the success of the Buffalo Bills.
What’s even better for Deshaun Watson is he could solely be the face of the franchise, and jerseys would sell at an all-time high with an addition of this magnitude.
While the Tua for Watson swap has been rumored, the deal makes sense for both sides, but Watson would surely love to go to Miami and take over a team that is already a playoff contender in 2021 and beyond.
2. New England Patriots
Can you imagine Bill Belichick working with a guy like Deshaun Watson?
While Watson is upset that he didn’t have a say in the GM hiring, he might not care if he goes to New England. The Patriots are the dynasty NFL team of the century, and Belichick and Robert Kraft have shown their ability to remain competitive for the last two decades.
Watson would have a chance to compete for a title, and the Patriots are in desperate need of a quarterback (sorry Jarrett Stidham).
Watson is just 25 years old and would get to learn from arguably the best head coach in NFL history. The Patriots roster isn’t too far off, and they always seem to make use of guys that others have forgotten about.
New England didn’t make the playoffs in 2020 but rest assured this front office will do all they can to compete in 2021.
Deshaun Watson played in college at Clemson- one of the best NCAA teams of the decade, and going to New England would be right up his alley.
1. San Francisco 49ers
Is it hard to believe that a year ago the Niners were just a few plays from winning the Super Bowl?
Watson to the Niners would immediately put Kyle Shanahan’s group back into NFC contention, and he would absolutely thrive with this group of weapons.
San Francisco has- by far- the best all-around skillset of any of the others on this list. Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle is a scary trio of pass-catchers, and Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon give Deshaun Watson the luxury of capable rushers to give the ball to.
Watson could go to the West Coast and beautiful California, and the Niners are one of the most historic franchises in the NFL. San Francisco also has a talented offensive line, and we all saw what Shanahan did with Matt Ryan in Atlanta as they nearly won a Super Bowl.
Jimmy Garoppolo was injured, and even in their Super Bowl run, he had his moments where he struggled. Watson is no doubt a top-5 quarterback in this league and is coming off the best season of his career. Watson set career-highs in yards (4823) and touchdowns (33) and threw just seven picks in 2020, a career-low.
While San Francisco would have to give up a lot to get Deshaun Watson – as is the case for every team- Watson would seemingly love going to San Francisco and playing for a team full of offensive stars.
The situation between the Texans and Watson is getting worse, and it will be an interesting tidbit to keep an eye on going forward.
"[The situation between Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans] is worse than what's being reported. It's worse than what can be said on television."
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) January 18, 2021
So, with all that being said, where will Watson end up? His no-trade clause makes it tough for a lot of teams regardless of how generous their offer is, and Watson is in complete control of his future as a star quarterback in this league.