Jets’ Quinnen Williams’ brutally honest take on potential involvement in a Deshaun Watson trade
Williams told CBS Sports Radio host Zach Gelb on Wednesday he hopes to remain with the team that drafted him for the entirety of his playing career:
“Yeah, I’d be disappointed,” Williams said regarding a possible trade to Houston, via WFAN Sports Radio. “I really want to be a Jet for life. I like New York and I want to play in New York. I’d be disappointed if they traded me and didn’t tell me.”
Williams has been the subject of trade chatter in New York, with Connor Hughes of The Athletic saying his inclusion in a deal might lessen the draft capital required for the Jets to complete a deal.
Williams was a force to be reckoned with in 2020. The former No. 3 overall pick had 7.0 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and 14 quarterback hits in 13 games, asserting his will inside. He would all but certainly satisfy Houston’s desire to acquire a young defensive starter in a trade.
The former Alabama standout is trying to stay within himself with the rumor mill continuing to churn:
“Honestly, I just handle what I can handle and control what I can control,” Williams said, via WFAN. “I just go after it and work as hard as I can and play with the team that I’m on. Hopefully it’s the Jets so I can play for Coach [Robert] Saleh. But I just work my hardest so I can be the best player I can be.”
For now, the point is somewhat moot.
The Texans continue to say they will not trade Watson, though the star quarterback has said he has no intention of playing for Houston. Even if the Texans do begin negotiations, however, the Jets might not be involved.
Previous reports suggested Gang Green are not high on Watson’s list of preferred destinations. Williams can likely breathe easily for the time being.