Deshaun Watson Reason to stay No. 2: One Name — Laremy Tunsil
Not many teams in the NFL have a left tackle as good as the one who resides with the Houston Texans. His name is Laremy Tunsil, and he’s under contract with the Texans for the foreseeable future.
Deshaun Watson must know how special of a player Laremy Tunsil is, and he also probably knows that if he chooses to to be trades to a team like the New York Jets or Miami Dolphins, they won’t have a left tackle as talented as Tunsil. Heck, even some of the best teams in the league don’t have a left tackle as skilled a Tunsil is.
In 2020, Tunsil played in 14 games of the 16-game schedule, and in those games he played in 83 percent of the offensive snaps, or 817 plays of protecting the blind side of Deshaun Watson. Tunsil also had just seven penalties all season, cutting that number down by 10 from the previous season, and the left tackle allowed just two sacks all season.
Pro Football Focus gave Tunsil a grade of 75.4 for his play this past season, and in allowing only two sacks in 817 plays in ’20, Deshaun Watson has to have that in the back of his mind when deciding if he wants to stay in Houston.
Yes, the front office of the Hosuton Texans has to be frustrating to Deshaun Watson, but it isn’t every day that he’ll have the opportunity to play with a two-time Pro Bowl selection as his left guard. Tunsil has also been selected as an All-Pro on the Sporting News list in 2019 when he earned first-team honors.
Not knowing what Deshaun Watson is thinking at this point in time, if I were him I’d be putting a lot of the decision-making on having the chance to have a player like Tunsil protecting my blind side in the NFL, because a player like Tunsil is tough to replace.