Deshaun Watson Trade: Jets, Dolphins or Panthers- Which Team Suits Wantaway Texans Star?

Published 02/24/2021, 7:32 AM EST
Oct 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports


The NFL quarterback carousel is rotating at full speed right now. After Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz, the next big-name player who can secure a move away from his current franchise is Houston Texans superstar Deshaun Watson.

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The former Clemson Tigers man signed a mammoth 4-year extension with the AFC South franchise in 2020. His new deal is set to earn him north of $177.5 million ($111 million in guarantees). But after a poor season with the Texans, the 25-year old shot-caller is ready to move on in greener pastures.

Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) walks off the field after a loss to the Minnesota Vikings at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson and his entourage have given their approval for potential trade deals to 3 NFL teams – New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and the Carolina Panthers. Let’s take a look at which team fits his Super Bowl aspirations best.

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Jets, Dolphins, and Panthers lead the race for Houston Texans quarterback

Despite the Texans finishing with a 4-12 record in 2020, Deshaun Watson ended the regular season as the passing yards leader in the NFL.

He threw for 4,800+ yards with 33 passing TDs and 7 interceptions. He also had 444 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns to his name.

Watson is definitely a Top-5 quarterback at the moment. He is sure to transform any NFL franchise into Championship contenders should he secure a move away from the Texans in the comings weeks.

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Panthers are reportedly favorites to land Watson this offseason. But a move to AFC East franchise Miami Dolphins will be the ‘best case scenario’ for the wantaway quarterback.

The Dolphins defense coached by Brian Flores is one of the best in the league. In addition to that, the East remains one of the ‘lesser’ competitive divisions in the AFC, especially since the departure of Tom Brady from New England.

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However, they will have to part ways with starlet Tua Tagovailoa and their 2021 3rd overall pick (and further draft picks) in exchange for Watson’s signature.

On the other hand, a move to the Jets and Panthers will suit the Texans as they can acquire potential 2nd and 8th overall picks in exchange for their star man.

Lack of depth on those two rosters will guarantee the Texans that their future first or second picks are higher up the draft. There are clearly multiple outcomes to any potential Deshaun Watson trade deal. But one thing is more or less confirmed, he ain’t staying in Texas for long.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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