If (when) the Texans eventually trade Deshaun Watson it doesn’t seem they will be doing so at a discount — and of course, the Eagles are once again being linked in a possible deal.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Monday morning that the Texans are “now” willing to listen to offers for Watson, but that they are looking for “a least three-first round picks and more” in return for the quarterback.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen backed up that report, stating that the Texans will want some combination of at least five “high draft picks and starting caliber players.”
The three-part round picks (plus more) was the initial asking price for Watson earlier this offseason when he initially demanded to be traded. Since then, however, Watson has been accused by 20 women of sexual harassment. Considering he will likely be suspended by the NFL for at least a portion of the season it was believed that the Texans would’t be able to get their initial asking price in return.
For now, however, it seems the Texans are at least trying to send the message that they won’t be giving Watson away at a discounted rate.
Peter King wrote on Monday morning in his weekly column for NBC Sports that he sees the Eagles as the most likely destination for Watson when he is traded, joining ESPN Adam Schefter in that belief.
Philadelphia’s the most logical target—and I’d argue that acquiring their next quarterback would be smarter next March than it is now. Maybe Jalen Hurts has a stunningly great year and the Eagles think they’ve got their quarterback of the future. Maybe the Eagles will be in position with three first-round picks to sit and take their next quarterback in the draft or trade up for him. Or maybe they’re in the best position of any team in the league to deal for Watson. So the best thing for Philadelphia here is to play the long game—and hope that Carson Wentz plays three-quarters of the snaps in Indianapolis this year, ensuring that third first-round pick 2022.
The Eagle continuing to be linked to Watson is no surprise. Nearly every single report this offseason about Watson has included the Eagles, who has three-first round picks and have always shown they will invest big-time resources into the quarterback position.
With reports starting to come out about what the Texans are looking for in a deal, however, it seems Watson could soon be traded — and we will soon find out if indeed he will be coming to Philadelphia.
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