1. Adam Trautman
The player who stands to benefit the most from a Deshaun Watson trade is former third-round pick, Adam Trautman, who hasn’t been the player the Saints were hoping he’d be when they drafted him two years ago.
While Trautman was taken out of a smaller school, the hope was that he’d be able to fill the TE1 role by his second season. We did see some glimpses of potential out of Trautman down the stretch in 2021 but the first half of his sophomore season didn’t go according to plan.
Through two seasons and 28 games, Trautman has totaled just 42 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns, which is a far cry from what the organization was hoping for when they spent a Day 2 selection on him.
In Trautman’s defense though, his quarterbacks have been an old Brees, Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemian, and Ian Book. He’s never been able to establish chemistry with any of his signal-callers.
If Watson were to come to the Big Easy (and assuming he isn’t sent to the Texans), Trautman could greatly benefit and would likely be one of the quarterback’s favorite targets. Watson coming to New Orleans might be a career-saving move for Trautman.
If these players aren’t included in the trade package to bring Deshaun Watson to New Orleans, they’ll benefit from having the quarterback in the black and gold.