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3 Most Likely Trade Destinations for Deshaun Watson

Jason Schandl
Most likely trade destinations for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Most likely trade destinations for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
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Rumors have started swirling that Deshaun Watson is looking for a trade out of Houston. The Texans are no strangers to making controversial trades, but this one would be wild even by their standards.

The team is already making some questionable decisions this offseason, and it makes sense that Watson may not be interested in sticking around to see how they play out.

With that in mind, here are the three most likely trade destinations for Deshaun Watson.

1. Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa brought plenty of excitement to the Miami Dolphins, but he didn't quite live up to the hype as a rookie, proving to be one of the weak points that kept the otherwise promising team out of the playoffs. Looking surprisingly ready to contend already, the Dolphins could send Tua to Houston along with the Texans' own first-round pick (No. 3 overall) and the Dolphins' 2021 first-rounder (No. 18) and instantly transform into a threat to compete with the Bills as the AFC frontrunner for years to come.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Trading him within the division may not be the Houston Texans' first choice, but this could be a serious win-win situation. Houston looks to be headed toward a full rebuild (especially if they move Watson), and shipping him off for the No. 1 overall pick would allow them to build the team around Trevor Lawrence. The Jags have a group of promising young playmakers, and a young, established passer like Watson could bring them into playoff contention sooner than Lawrence would.

3. New York Jets

If the Texans can't build their offense around Trevor Lawrence, they could get a chance to build it around Justin Fields instead. The Jets are loaded with draft capital, holding the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, a likely high first-rounder in 2022, as well as the Seahawks' first-round picks in both years. Three firsts (as long as one of them is that No. 2, where the Texans can take Fields as their hopeful franchise QB), could be enough to get the job done. Watson may not be thrilled about playing for the Jets, but if the organization shows commitment to improving and hires a capable head coach like Eric Bieniemy, they could turn things around quickly.


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