The Atlanta Falcons have emerged as a dark-horse contender in the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes. Atlanta's interest in the quarterback came as a bit of a surprise, as the Falcons seem to be in rebuilding mode. But the interest is mutual, as Watson is a Georgia native.
Still, even with the litany of off-field concerns surrounding the 26-year-old, acquiring him via trade won't be cheap. And Aaron Wilson, of Pro Football Network, cobbled together a potential trade package that shows how highly Watson is still valued around the league.
Falcons Deshaun Watson Trade
According to Wilson, Houston is looking for a package that includes three first-round picks, players, and some more draft capital to boot. From purely draft perspective, it could be hard to top what the Falcons can offer.
Atlanta holds the No. 8 selection in this year's draft. While the Panthers, who are also rumored to be in on Watson, can beat that by offering the No. 8 overall pick, Carolina doesn't own a second- or third-round pick this year. Atlanta, on the other hand, has two second rounders and its own third.
The Falcons could also offer A.J. Terrell, one of the best young cornerbacks in the league, as Wilson seemed to believe he could be included in any potential deal. Rising star Kyle Pitts could be as well, though it's a little tougher to see him being added into the trade.
A package of Terrell, three first-round picks (including this year's No. 8 overall) and two 2022 second-round picks could be tough for Houston to resist.
If the Falcons want Watson, they're going to have to gut this roster and give up most of their assets. But if they believe he's still a franchise QB, it's a price they might be willing to pay.
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