The New Orleans Saints‘ biggest need is quarterback and that’s not a secret. This team needs a quarterback badly and saw what life was like without a future Hall of Famer this past season. While Drew Brees enjoyed the spoils of retirement life, the Saints threw four different quarterbacks to the wolves during the 2021 season.
Jane Slater tweeted that quarterback is the only thing on the Saints’ mind right now. In her tweet, she mentioned an obvious name in Jameis Winston but also brought up Deshaun Watson as an option for New Orleans.
Slater mentioned that Watson is being monitored by a lot of teams and everyone is waiting to see what happens with the legal process. This isn’t brand new information, as we’re all waiting to see how Watson’s legal situation plays out.
New Orleans Saints still monitoring Deshaun Watson situation
Obviously, NOLA would be foolish to ship three first-round picks to the Houston Texans to get Watson if his legal situation isn’t figured out. That could be disastrous.
They also can’t afford to put everything into the Watson basket and risk letting other quarterbacks get away and sign elsewhere. Ignoring the need simply to wait it out with Watson is a bad business move.
Slater also mentioned Mitchell Trubisky as an option but I can’t see that happening. Trubisky is going to be expensive and is mostly unproven. Watson might be expensive but he led the league in passing yards in 2020 so the guy can clearly get the job done in the right system.
If Watson is able to return to action in 2022, the Saints could be in the running to land him due to having a good overall roster. They’ll hopefully add some weapons on offense (even if they have to part with their first-round pick, there are talented receivers available later in the draft) and will get Michael Thomas back this season.
Watson would be a great addition to the Saints but if he’s someone the team is seriously considering, they have to be smart here. Don’t mortgage the future by waiting it out to get him. Let things play out and see what happens.