This gives the Texans the best of both worlds. They’ll take a Pro Bowl-caliber guard in Andrus Peat. The Saints can then rid themselves of the five-year, $57.5 million contract that they gave the injury-prone Peat.
Keeping on the Texans’ end of the deal, they also add former Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun. The 6-foot-2 linebacker didn’t play much this season. He played in 15 games, started three, and ended the season with just 12 tackles.
Baun was expected to be better, and he’ll have that opportunity this coming season. But, for the sake of the hypothetical, he has trade value. Attach a young, promising linebacker, an elite guard, and two first-round picks, and you may get the ball rolling.
Watson is worth this, and he’s likely worth far more as even the most lucrative of these five deals doesn’t seem like something that would intrigue Houston much. That said, any team looking to add Watson may find themselves giving up three or more first-round picks.