Deshaun Watson‘s future with the Houston Texans has become a central talking point around the league over the last several days. Watson has internally expressed that he wants a change of scenery after four seasons. The Pro Bowler may now have another team to consider as a landing spot due to Derek Carr.
Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston
Following the end of the 2020 season, the Texans have dealt with internal issues regarding Deshaun Watson‘s desire to play for the team.
Watson has expressed that he wants a trade, but the Texans have yet moved in toward making him available. The 25-year-old could quickly become a hot commodity if Houston does explore the open market.
The Texans may have another potential suitor emerge in the picture due to Derek Carr.
Derek Carr may force Deshaun Watson to consider another NFL Team
Since Deshaun Watson initially made his internal push to get out of Houston, several potential landing spots have emerged.
The Las Vegas Raiders may soon add themselves to the shortlist for the Pro Bowler. According to Vincent Bonsignore of The Las Vegas Review-Journal, insiders have expressed that Las Vegas may draw significant interest around the league for Derek Carr that could lead to a three-way trade for Watson.
“The only way you trade a quarterback the caliber of Carr is by having a replacement plan in place that ensures improvement,” an industry insider said.
Bonsignore’s report details that the Raiders would likely need to acquire a pair of first-round picks for Carr to flip with their two first-round selections to land Watson. At this point, there isn’t much sense around the Fresno State product’s value in the trade market, but the asking price will likely include at least one first-round selection.
Carr hasn’t leaped into elite status, but he is a consistently productive quarterback. The 29-year-old is coming off posting a career-high 4,103 passing yards with 27 touchdown passes to nine interceptions with a 67.3% completion rate and a career-best 101.4 passer rating.
He is also in a team-friendly deal as he’s entering the fourth year of his five-year, $125 million contract. Carr holds only a $2.5 million dead cap hit for 2021 and no team cap hit for the 2022 campaign. Any team that would acquire him could cut him loose after this year without any salary-cap concerns.
What will Houston do?
The Las Vegas Raiders could enter the picture as a landing spot, but the Houston Texans hold the cards.
Deshaun Watson has a no-trade clause, but the front office doesn’t have to operate on the 25-year-old’s terms. The Texans have already publicly declared that they have no desire to move Watson this offseason.
The star quarterback has fueled the noise around the team as he’s made it quite clear that he wants a trade. His subtle hints via social media have only created more chatter around the situation.
Watson can air his disgruntlement with the state of the franchise, but until the Texans feel they must trade him, there won’t be any movement. Watson still hasn’t begun the four-year, $156 million extension that he signed last offseason that runs through 2025.
Things could quickly change if Houston is offered a trade package that they can’t pass up. Beyond that, the offseason has yet to truly shift into high gear, which means trade talks could take off if the Texans choose to entertain the discussions.
Contract details courtesy of Spotrac.