The Houston Texans had a horrible season, and now, their superstar quarterback may look to force his way out. Could the Saints be a landing spot?
Realistically, it’d take quite a bit to manipulate the Saints’ current cap situation to bring in Deshaun Watson. After all, the Saints did just give long-term deals to Demario Davis, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas within the past couple of seasons.
That said, the superstar quarterback seems prepared to demand a trade likely won’t care what needs to be done to bring him into a situation where he can find success.
His Texans, the team that drafted him with the 12th overall pick back in the 2017 NFL Draft, finished with just four wins. Somehow they weren’t last in their division, leaving that spot to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Obviously, enough is enough for a player that has had a track record of success throughout his football career, and Watson may have his way this offseason after several discouraging seasons in Houston.
One of his former teammates gave a three-team list of franchises that should look into trading for Watson.
A star in his own right, the Honey Badger labeled the Saints, 49ers, and Bears are the three teams that should be “all in on this Watson news,” a statement that refers to him potentially demanding a trade from the Texans.
The two played in Houston in 2018. The Texans are the only organization that Mathieu has played with in which he hasn’t earned an All-Pro appearance as a member of. While he did play just one season, Mathieu clearly doesn’t love Houston from the sounds of it.
As for Watson, he led the league in passing yards this past season. With over 4,800, Watson is a dual-threat quarterback that has shown a will to single-handedly lead a team to victory. The problem would certainly be his contract.
The Saints have the likes of Marcus Williams and Trey Hendrickson hitting the open market along with several young, up-and-coming players to prepare to pay.
Now, they may see Drew Brees retire which would open up their starting quarterback job for the first time in over a decade, so getting another top-tier option has to be in the back of their minds somewhere.
With Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, and potentially a first-round pick vying for the job, I wouldn’t expect a trade, but it’s nice to dream of what Watson in the Big Easy would mean for the rest of the NFL.