How fitting that the NFL could have its own “Final Four” for a Deshaun Watson trade.
While March Madness gets underway in the NCAA tournament, the Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson seem to be down to the final four teams in trade talks (until some other team randomly pops up after this writing). The Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and the Cleveland Browns have met with the Texans’ brass and Watson and submitted offers.
The Atlanta Falcons will be the fourth team to do that today, and if a deal were struck, it would benefit Watson more than the Texans. Just yesterday, it was covered that if the Texans did trade with Atlanta that they would be settling for less, as the Falcons roster is not very good, to put it lightly.
Especially after Tyrod Taylor went to the New York Giants on a two-year, $17M deal, it seems that the Texans are bracing for the future at the quarterback position to be Davis Mills. Matt Ryan has been in Atlanta since 2008 and was given the starting spot over Falcons legend Michael Vick. Ryan took the Falcons to their second Super Bowl appearance (LI), and everyone knows how that turned out (28-3 game).
Deshaun Watson will only be an Atlanta Falcon if Houston gets their best players.
Houston would need to demand that they get standout corner A.J. Terrell and/or tight end Kyle Pitts. The tight end group only has so many players on the depth chart right now and is a spot on the roster in which Nick Caserio said he expected to see some new faces.
The Falcons recently lost Foye Oluokun to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. Oluokun was one of the top tacklers in the league last season (and a fantasy IDP favorite for those who had him on their teams).
Watson grew up about an hour north of Atlanta so that it would be a homecoming for him. On the other hand, Houston would have to really acquire a ton of picks in the draft to make this a worthwhile move.