Do or Die Scenario for San Francisco 49ers in Deshaun Watson Trade Talks?

Published 01/31/2021, 8:06 AM EST
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


Ladies and gentlemen, veteran QB Matthew Stafford has arrived in the NFC West. The Sean McVay-led Los Angeles Rams moved quickly in the last week to secure a deal for the in-demand Detroit Lions quarterback.

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Stafford was traded to the Rams in exchange for QB Jared Goff, 2 future first-round picks, and 1 third-round pick on Saturday. Now, all eyes turn to the Houston Texans’ unsettled QB Deshaun Watson.
Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) makes a touchdown pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones (not pictured) against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
The former Clemson Tigers star is pushing for a move away from the Texans. He is determined to make a move to another NFL franchise, considering the poor state of affairs in Houston.

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There are a number of teams linked with his signature. Robert Saleh’s New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and the San Francisco 49ers are some of the teams interested in Watson.
But where will he end up? Read further to find out our take on the Deshaun Watson trade rumors.
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Deshaun Watson is one of a kind…

He's the 1st player in NFL history with 100+ pass TDs and 15+ rush TDs through his first four seasons.@deshaunwatson pic.twitter.com/A3gYcSDdbC

— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 31, 2021

Just like Matthew Stafford, Deshaun Watson is a man in demand right now. As per reports, 7-8 NFL teams have inquired about a potential trade deal for the 25-year-old quarterback.
But the pressure will be on Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers to at least try to pull off a blockbuster trade for Watson. Following a dismal outing in 2020, the 49ers maintained that QB Jimmy Garoppolo was their ‘undisputed’ starter heading into the 2021 season.
However, one can’t help but wonder if that is a smart choice to stick with. Jimmy G is a damn good quarterback, but Deshaun Watson is better in almost every department. The stats speak for themselves.
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
The 49ers starter was hit with injuries last season. In 6 games, Jimmy G threw for 1,00+ yards with 7 passing TDs against 5 interceptions.

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In comparison, Watson finished the regular season as the passing yards leader with a mammoth 33 passing touchdowns against just 7 interceptions.
The arrival of Stafford in the NFC West has only increased the level of competition in the division. The Seattle Seahawks already have Russell Wilson, while Arizona Cardinals will look to improve with Kyler Murray as their starter.
Will we see Watson line-up in the Red and Gold in 2021? Time will tell.

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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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