Amid swirling rumors about Deshaun Watson’s discontent in Houston, Jerry Rice joined 95.7 The Game on Monday morning and supported the idea of the 49ers attempting to pluck the star quarterback out of Houston.
"Yeah, I think they should,” Rice said.
“You've got to look at all your options, and you look at Deshaun Watson, and there are rumors that he might go to Miami, he might go to the Patriots, and also the 49ers."
On Sunday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen singled out the Dolphins is a desired destination for Watson.
“I think they have to look at that,” Rice continued. “Because, the thing about Jimmy G, I think Jimmy G is a good quarterback, but the thing is, also he can’t stay healthy. Now, I don’t know what the cause of that (is), what that entails, but you have to look at who’s going to be the leader down the road, someone that is able to be behind center that’s gonna be able to also be healthy and be productive on the football field…”
“If Deshaun Watson, if he’s out there and he’s unhappy in Houston, I think we have to take that under consideration.”
Asked what would be too much for Watson, Rice offered the following:
"Quarterback is the most important piece of the puzzle."
"If you don't have a quarterback, you're not going to be able to win. You're going to build your dynasty around that quarterback. So, how much? I don't know. But if we have the opportunity to bring a player of his quality in, we got to look at that because the game is totally going a different direction now, too, guys. Quarterbacks are being more mobile, being able to get out of the pocket, extending plays, still being able to deliver the ball downfield. You got to have a mobile quarterback now. So, I don't know what is too much, but if we have the opportunity to get a player of his stature, we have to go for it."