One of the biggest trades in NFL history could take place this offseason, as NFL fans could see Deshaun Watson part ways with the Houston Texans. Similar to Patrick Mahomes, Watson has become one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL. This means that a plethora of teams will most likely try to acquire him via trade within the next few months. One of those many teams could actually be one of the Texans’ biggest rivals in the AFC South, too. According to a recent report, the the Indianapolis Colts could try to acquire Watson from their divisional foe.
Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans
Since entering the NFL in 2017, Deshaun Watson has continued the trajectory he started in college of becoming an absolute superstar. After only playing in seven games due to injury in his rookie season, he earned his first of three consecutive Pro Bowl selections in 2018. Watson threw for 4,165 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine interceptions that year. He also ran for 551 yards and five touchdowns. Watson ultimately led the Texans to the playoffs that year, too.
Watson then played well again in 2019, as he earned Pro Bowl honors and led the Texans to the playoffs again. In 2020, though, he had the best season of his career. He threw for an NFL-leading 4,823 yards and career-bests in touchdown passes with 33 and in interceptions with seven. Watson also completed a career-high 70.2% of his passes, and he ran for 444 yards.
However, while Watson was great, the Texans were horrible. They only went 4-12 and missed the playoffs.
Watson has since requested a trade from the Texans, per ESPN.
The Indianapolis Colts need a quarterback
Rivers threw for 4,169 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He also led the Colts to an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs. They, however, lost in the wild-card round to the Buffalo Bills, 27-24.
Rivers, though, has since announced his retirement from the NFL. So, the Colts need a quarterback again for the second time in as many offseasons.
The Indianapolis Colts could try to trade for Deshaun Watson
While the team that successfully trades for Watson will most likely have to give up a ton of assets, the Colts would probably have to give up even more because of the fact that they are in the same division as the Texans. Houston certainly doesn’t want to have to lose to Watson twice every season.
However, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Colts could still try to acquire the star quarterback.
“As far as the Colts go, they’re going to be in on all of it,” Rapoport said on the Feb. 1 episode of The Pat McAfee Show. “My guess is they’ll be in on Deshaun. On Carson Wentz, I think they’ll inquire. I’m curious how all in they’re going to be on Carson Wentz; the contract is a little bit of an issue.”
No, that is not definitive proof that the Colts will make a strong push for Watson, but many people don’t expect them to be a possible landing spot at all.
Watson could ultimately find a lot of success with the Colts and potentially help lead them to a Super Bowl. Indy has a great offensive line to protect him and a great running back in the backfield in Jonathan Taylor, who ran for 1,169 yards in his rookie season this past year. The Colts also had a top 10 defense in 2020 that complemented its offense well. Watson probably already knows the team pretty well, too, given that he has played them twice every season.
It’s simple: Indy is built to win a Super Bowl now. Deshaun Watson can be the man to lead them there. The biggest question, though, is if the Texans are willing to send him there.
It will be interesting to see where Deshaun Watson ends up going and who the Colts end up getting as their next quarterback.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference