The Houston Texans remain confident that they can convince star quarterback Deshaun Watson to reconsider the trade request he made a few weeks ago. But in case they are forced to let the Pro Bowler go, the Texans want a ransom-type package in return.
Houston Chronicle NFL reporter John McClain recently shared a type of a deal that Texans would consider for Watson. According to him, the organization seeks at least two first-round picks, two second-rounders, and two young defensive players that can start right away.
The Texans’ steep price isn’t surprising at all, and the final package could become even more lucrative if they manage to kick-start a bidding war between the teams. Watson is one of the top five quarterbacks in the league and is only entering his fifth NFL season. He also just had a career-season, throwing for a career-high 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns while also rushing for 444 yards and three scores.
There is no doubt that he can play at a high level for at least a decade longer, so teams won’t be too cautious about surrendering assets to get him.
The issue for the Texans is that Watson has a no-trade clause, which greatly limits their market. The team that could give Houston all they want and probably more is the New York Jets, but it’s unclear whether the player will have an interest in swapping one dysfunctional situation for another one.
Other suitors include the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, and Carolina Panthers.