There are endless trade destinations for Deshaun Watson.
If just looking at how many teams would be upgraded from Deshaun Watson landing onto their roster, anyone could talk all day about the impact. Of course, a legal decision still has to be reached, and that is still very serious.
But could the Houston Texans trade him to a team that hasn’t really been talked about? Not Miami, not Carolina, not Denver, not Philadelphia. The team that would really give the Texans a chance to rapidly redevelop into a playoff contender is another NFC East team.
It’s the New York Giants. There’s going to be the “they already have Daniel Jones” comments coming in. So why the Giants?
New York Giants draft capital is the perfect return for Deshaun Watson
The Giants have two first-round picks after striking a deal with the Chicago Bears on the Justin Fields trade. The Giants look absolutely abysmal this year, and at least one of those picks is going to be within the top 12 picks at the worst. The Texans having three first-rounders would be a nice way to make for the years they did not have them thanks to the Laremy Tunsil trade.
The Giants are basically in a rebuilding mode anyway. So what would a potential trade look like?
The Texans get a nice return, upgrading the offensive line with Will Hernandez. With the guard position looking a bit better, Rex Burkhead can be released for Barkley. Barkley would create Christian McCaffrey-like nightmares for opposing defenses and possibly be the second-best running back in the division behind Derrick Henry.
This is probably the best haul the Texans could get unless one would want to trade for CB James Bradberry instead. The Giants get their QB of the future and capital to try and move up with another team to regain a first-round pick.
It can’t hurt to float this out there. It would basically give the Giants the NFC East title.