How much will a team trade away for Deshaun Watson?

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The Houston Texans will get a great deal in return in a trade for Deshaun Watson.

Noting is simple when it comes to the Houston Texans trading quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason. Though it will take some more time before any deal is officially made, the Texans will eventually trade the quarterback who doesn’t want to be with their franchise any longer.

There are multiple teams that are said to be showing great interest the Texans quarterback including the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and the Cleveland Browns as their current quarterback situations aren’t the greatest at the moment.

No matter which of those teams trades for Deshaun Watson or if another team joins the mix, the price to have a 26-year-old franchise quarterback will be costly as it should be.

Peter King in his weekly Football Morning in America column wrote about the topic of Watson and all things involving his potential trade away from the Houston Texans on Monday. King’s column on NBC Sports said this about Watson and what the price he would give for Watson:

"“The acquiring team will be in line to pay all of that, plus per-year non-guaranteed compensation of $37 million, $32 million and $32 million from 2023-25. I think the price will start with at least three first-round picks, and probably some add-ons.”"

The “all of that” King wrote about is the $35 million in guaranteed money Deshaun Watson is due this upcoming season.

King also said this about Watson and if he is worth that price in a trade:

"“Watson has the upside of a top-five NFL quarterback for the next decade. Some team is going to bet it can withstand the negatives of the next 12 to 18 months and look toward solving a major need with a player it thinks it will love in 2025, 2027, 2029.”"

Again, this is why King is one of the best in the NFL media business because he does bring up a good point as there is a lot of negativity surrounding Watson right now.

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To be honest it has to be very tough for a team to give up so much draft capital and players in any deal, but this entire situation some teams have just backed out of being involved with any trade rumors and went elsewhere for their quarterback.

When Watson is actually on the field, like he was in 2020, he is one of the very best players in the entire league. His name has been at times mentioned in MVP talks at certain points of his career, and he’s had great success with the Texans.

In his four years on the field with the Texans, Watson played with toughness as he was prone to being sacked more than most quarterbacks with his style of play and the fact the offensive line was never a great unit overall.

All of this comes down to what the Houston Texans will want in a trade and it seems general manager Nick Caserio is going to do his very best to get every single ounce of return he can get for Deshaun Watson and who can blame him?

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The price is steep for the team that will have Watson as their quarterback, but with the patience the Texans have had with Watson since the end of the ’20 season they deserve to get the very best possible deal for him, and it seems like they will.