Jets, Dolphins new favorites to trade for Deshaun Watson


(RADIO.COM Sports) Has Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson’s frustration with Houston’s mismanagement fractured their relationship beyond repair? Since Watson's unhappiness with the Texans became public knowledge, trade speculation has taken over.

Now the focus shifts to the fallout. If Watson is traded, which team will he end up on? BetMGM has posted the odds, and the Jets, Dolphins, Bears and Patriots are the favorites to land Watson.

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Dolphins at +400
Miami is one of the two most likely landing spots for Watson, according to oddsmakers, and understandably so. Watson has a no-trade clause, but Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that the Dolphins are a team he would consider.

Miami also has a young quarterback to offer Houston in Tua Tagovailoa, and the Texans could also get back their 2021 first-round pick (No. 3 overall) that was dealt to the Dolphins in the Laremy Tunsil trade back in 2019. If Houston is looking to start over, Miami has the assets to make it happen.

Jets at +400
The Jets hold the No. 2 overall pick and have a former first-round quarterback in Sam Darnold who could help ignite a deal with the Texans.

New York also has the No. 23 pick in the first round and around $70 million in cap space to absorb Watson’s contract. Miami may not be ready to part with its young quarterback, but Darnold appears to be out the door in New York.

Bears at +800, Patriots at +1000
While both the Bears and Patriots would love to acquire Watson, they seem a little short on the ammunition required to pull it off. But never say never when it comes to big names being moved in the NFL.

For the Bears, it would be righting the mistake they made in the 2017 NFL Draft when they selected quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 overall over Watson. Chicago could potentially part with edge rusher Khalil Mack and future first-round picks to swing a deal.

The Patriots are looking to fix their quarterback situation, and who better to target than Watson? They do have a plethora of picks (10 to be exact) in the upcoming draft, but their first-rounder isn’t until the 15th slot. Maybe the Patriots could get creative with a multi-pick deal? New England has the cap space, and new Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio has a relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Expect the Patriots to be players if the Texans try to move Watson.

Next move
To be clear, Watson hasn't formally made a trade request, and it should be noted that the Texans odds are listed +100, which means there's still a strong possibility of him staying put in Houston. Perhaps the Texans could still salvage the relationship.

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