With speculation growing over the Houston quarterback’s future, we’re taking a look at the latest Deshaun Watson trade rumours and odds to explore his potential options.
The Pro Bowl signal-caller would attract huge interest if the Texans decide to let him go and bwin are betting on which NFL team he will next take a snap for.
HOUSTON TEXANS @ 13/10
Of course, the 25-year-old could stay put and help ailing Houston to rebuild under new general manager Nick Caserio, who has come in after spending two decades with the Patriots. Much may now depend on who the Texans hire as head coach following October’s dismissal of Bill O’Brien before interim boss Romeo Crennel finished off a 4-12 campaign. After enjoying 2018 and 2019 divisional title wins, Watson signed a four-year $177.5million contract extension in September and his individual ratings were still high last term, but the departure of DeAndre Hopkins left him with limited attacking weapons to work with.
NEW YORK JETS @ 3/1
The Jets picked up just a couple of victories last season but those late wins cost this long-suffering franchise top spot in the draft order, which could have been used on Clemson starlet Trevor Lawrence. Sam Darnold has struggled to back up his strong arm with astute decision making, so the New York hierarchy must now decide whether to stick or twist. Incoming head coach Robert Saleh seemed non-committal after his appointment, so pursuing Watson may be a great fit for all parties. The Jets get their best playmaker since Joe Namath, Houston has the second pick in the draft and Watson has a chance to light up the Big Apple.
MIAMI DOLPHINS @ 7/2
The Dolphins took a punt on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft, despite injury concerns coming out of college. The 22-year-old former Alabama stand-out returned to full fitness and featured in 10 games during his rookie campaign, starting all but one. Opinions were divided on how well he did, though, and the Dolphins do still have the draft capital to pursue Watson if deciding to go in a different direction. The arrival of Charlie Frye as Miami’s new QB coach may be a telling move, as he has links with Tagovailoa from his high school days.
CHICAGO BEARS @ 11/1
Mitch Trubisky enjoyed a stirring resurgence after his fifth-year option was declined but neither he nor Super Bowl winner Nick Foles look ideal long-term options for Chicago. The Bears have shown a willingness to roll the dice when chasing an elite-level target before, giving up a couple of first-round draft picks to land Khalil Mack from the Raiders – and the linebacker has delivered.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS @ 11/1
Bill Belichick will be looking on longingly at Tom Brady when he leads out Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl, reflecting on what might have been if he had stayed with the Patriots. Cam Newton couldn’t fill the void, so will New England mortgage the house to bring in a can’t-miss successor to the GOAT? Some will see this as a lively longshot in the Deshaun Watson trade odds.
DENVER BRONCOS @ 11/1
The Broncos have a young offense which could be moulded to suit Watson’s strengths, plus salary-cap flexibility, so that’s two important boxes ticked. John Elway reaped the rewards of a bold move to bring in Payton Manning just under 10 years ago and will be wondering if Watson could have the same impact.
WASHINGTON @ 12/1
Alex Smith’s return from life-threatening injury problems was a great story but at 37 he can only be a short-term fairytale. Taylor Heinicke came from nowhere to shine in the play-offs, while Kyle Allen is still on the books, but they don’t inspire confidence either. It would be a shame if Washington wasted a Super Bowl-standard defense by not addressing this situation, hence the Deshaun Watson trade rumours.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS @ 12/1
Jimmy Garoppolo has had a rollercoaster ride in San Francisco, with a Super Bowl appearance splitting lean spells. Take away the injury setbacks and the 49ers would be perennial contenders for top honours, so is it time to push for a more reliable playmaker?
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