Do the New York Jets Have the Best Potential Trade Package for Deshaun Watson?

Published 01/28/2021, 12:08 PM EST
Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Landing Deshaun Watson would be parallel to winning a multi-million dollar lottery. The quarterback for the Houston Texans is one of the hottest prospects in the NFL. With close to 5,000 passing yards in 2020 with a sub-par Texans side, Watson showed he can deliver the goods regardless of the tools he has around him.

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Now, with the QB putting in a trade request, a number of NFL franchises are circling around to land the star quarterback. Among them are the New York Jets. With a bevvy of draft picks and cap space to pull off the move, many would tout them as the favorites for the trade. 

But can they really offer the Houston Texans the ideal trade package? Or is there some other franchise who can offer a better deal?

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The New York Jets can add Sam Darnold as leverage

The New York Jets have an abundance of riches when it comes down to pulling off this trade. They have a whole bunch of first-round draft picks they can use to rope in Deshaun Watson from the Texans. 

In 2021, the New York Jets have the 2nd, 23rd, and 34th overall picks to offer. The 23rd pick being handed to the courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks trade involving Jamal Adams.

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Oct 1, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) breaks a tackle by Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) for a touchdown at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

They also have their 1st and 2nd round picks from 2022. But the key driver in the trade package could end up being Sam Darnold. Darnold has shown glimpses of being a potential franchise quarterback. Gifted with a rocket arm and athleticism to make plays from a collapsing pocket, Darnold is a QB a lot of NFL teams would be willing to take a chance on.

But for the Jets to bring in Watson, they’ll have to part ways with Darnold and bunch of those other high rated draft picks. Overall, not a bad deal in hindsight. But there is one more franchise which could arguably go toe-to-toe with the Jets.

The Miami Dolphins could be the surprise package  

The Dolphins too are packed with the resources needed to pull off the trade. Some of which come courtesy of the Texans themselves. Trading for O-linesman Laremy Tunsil, the Texans handed over the 3rd and 36th overall picks for the 2021 NFL Draft. 

The Dolphins too have a promising young quarterback who they could add to sweeten up the deal. QB Tua Tagovailoa has just played one season in the NFL. But even the Dolphins know that he is a diamond in the rough. 

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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

So would the Texans be willing to take a quarterback who still is a work-in-progress, and the very draft picks they traded 2 years ago for Watson? If you ask us, it seems unlikely.  

The New York Jets seem to have a stronger hand in this scenario. With better draft capital and a more well-rounded player to offer, if it comes to choosing a package between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins, we feel the former would be the Texans’ choice going forward.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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