With the Miami Dolphins reportedly out on Deshaun Watson, that puts Carolina back on top.
Deshaun Watson has been one of the most anticipated trades in the NFL for almost a calendar year now. But, with Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross openly downplaying his desire for Watson, it’s put the Carolina Panthers back on top.
The Panthers recently started listening to trade offers for their franchise running back, Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey’s injury history is well known, but a slightly damaged McCaffrey would be lightyears better than any backfield member the Houston Texans had this season. So would he be a part of this Deshaun Watson trade? Most likely.
Three of Houston’s four wins came against AFC South opponents (They swept the Jaguars and split with the Titans). Upgrading the offense could easily give this team another two to three wins. So here’s a trade idea for Houston and Carolina:
Houston ships Deshaun Watson for draft, offensive help from Carolina
The offensive line is a mess. Matt Paradis has been one of the more solid centers in the league for quite some time and even won Super Bowl L (aka 50) with the Denver Broncos in 2015. McCaffrey can be effective if used correctly and sparingly.
The run game was brutally bad all season, as the Texans posted their second-worst season output of rushing yards since their inaugural season in 2002. With a better rushing game, the offense can become more balanced. Finally, Carolina gets their quarterback, and the Davis Mills fans in Houston rejoice as Mills sticks around as the franchise guy.
Houston will then have two top ten draft picks and endless possibilities of where they go in this year’s draft.