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Here's a Realistic Trade Package the Jets Can Offer to Acquire Deshaun Watson

Isaiah De Los Santos
Jan 18, 2021, 3:07 PM EST
Here's what the New York Jets could offer the Houston Texans in a trade package for Deshaun Watson.
Here's what the New York Jets could offer the Houston Texans in a trade package for Deshaun Watson. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
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Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson appears to be on the outs with the team that selected him No. 12 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Watson has repeatedly voiced his displeasure this offseason and a trade seems likely at this point.

Most teams around the league should be calling the Texans about trading for the star QB. With the No, 2 overall pick in this year's draft, the New York Jets could make an intriguing offer to Houston headlined by that top selection.

With that in mind, here's a realistic trade package the Jets can offer the Texans for Deshaun Watson.

New York Jets Trade Package for Deshaun Watson

Jets Receive: Deshaun Watson
Texans Receive: 2021 No. 2 pick, Jets 2022 first-round pick, Seattle Seahawks 2022 first-round pick

This package seems to benefit both sides, but there's wiggle room as well.

From New York's perspective, they land a known superstar in Watson rather than gambling on Justin Fields to pay off as the No. 2 selection. This proposed deal allows the Jets to hold on to the Seahawks' 2021 first-round pick (No. 23) and their own second-rounder (No. 34) to surround Watson with young, cheap talent.

From Houston's perspective, they can start fresh and move on from their deteriorating relationship with Watson. At No. 2, they can select Fields or someone like Zach Wilson as their new franchise quarterback. Then, heading into a rebuilding year in 2021, their first-rounder in the 2022 draft should be fairly high, and they'll get these two first-round selections from the Jets as well.

Even if New York and Seattle's picks end up somewhere in the 20s, that gives Houston plenty of ammunition to reload their roster. That should be incredibly attractive to a team likely starting over once again.

This deal could be slightly different if it ever becomes official. Perhaps Houston will want No. 23 or No. 34 included, and the Jets could demand that the Texans fork over one of their later-round picks in 2021. And if the Texans like Sam Darnold, perhaps the Jets could offer their starting QB in exchange for a second- or third-round pick.

The Jets have draft capital to spend thanks to the Jamal Adams trade with the Seahawks, and that puts them in excellent positon to make a Watson deal, even if they have to overpay.

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