CINCINNATI – There are many teams that should get interested in Deshaun Watson.
No, this is not a “The Bengals Must Trade for Three-Time Pro Bowler” column.
Joe Burrow is on a rookie contract for the next three years, which is very attractive for a rebuild team like Cincinnati. You’re not an elite quarterback away from becoming a competitor. Most of the people in the organization believe that Burrow can develop into a player of Watson’s caliber in the coming seasons, even if he’s not at his level right now.
The other three teams at AFC North should have a keen interest in the Texans star quarterback.
Let’s start with Baltimore. Yeah, the same ravens that got 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson quarterback.
I believe in Jackson and I think he’s a star, but there’s no denying that he has limitations at this stage in his career. Watson is the better player.
When the ravens go Sign Jackson for an extension Anyway, then at least they should call the Texans and see what it takes to land Watson.
The offer would be simple: Jackson for Watson directly. No picks. No other players. Nothing.
It would be a brave move for the Ravens, but giving Watson some real defense and a running game would do wonders for Baltimore, especially in the postseason.
Some of the throws Watson made in 2020 were unreal. There aren’t many quarterbacks who play better than him.
The Ravens won’t take a bold move like this, but offering a legitimate star quarterback in exchange for Watson could benefit both teams in the long run.
Baltimore is that Second lowest team to trade for Watson according to odds.
The Browns, like the Ravens, have a decision on Baker Mayfield. You could extend the young quarterback or just take his fifth year option this off-season.
Mayfield led Cleveland to their first playoff appearance since 2002 and her first postseason win since 1994.
Despite its success, the Browns should definitely be ready to put together a trading package for Watson.
Cleveland has the 26th election in the 2021 NFL Draft. With Mayfield, her first round of voting and a selection on the second day in 2022 [rounds 2-3] would be reasonable.
That doesn’t mean Houston would accept the offer, but Brown’s general manager Andrew Berry should try to get Watson. He doesn’t have to move mountains for him because the future in Cleveland is bright.
Breaking up Mayfield and a few tips is a breeze when it comes to a player like Watson.
The Steelers are the most obvious team of the three. Why hold onto an aging Ben Roethlisberger when you can somehow land Watson?
The problem is they don’t have a young caller offering Houston in a potential trade. The deal would consist of draft picks and young players.
The Texans could ask for two or three picks for the first round and TJ Watt. That still seems like they’re falling short for a player like Watson.
A deal between the Steelers and Texans is unlikely as Pittsburgh lacks high-end draft assets and young talent.
Teams like the Jets, Browns, and Dolphins can put together a more fascinating package of players and / or tips.
Regardless of the likelihood of a deal being struck, all three of the Bengals’ AFC North opponents should be interested in Watson.
The 25-year-old has a no-trade clause and would have to agree to any deal by the Texans.
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