Giants Owner Slams Door On Deshaun Watson Trade: ‘So Many Reasons Why We Wouldn’t Do That’

One of the first official acts of the New York Giants’ new regime, even before settling on the identity of the team’s next head coach, was to re-affirm its commitment to Daniel Jones at quarterback. General manager Joe Schoen, in his first full week on the job, made a point to throw his support behind the embattled incumbent quarterback in a session with reporters on Wednesday.

But just in case anyone wasn’t convinced that the Giants were serious in wishing upon their future with Danny Dimes, co-owner John Mara swatted away a reporter’s question about the team’s potential interest in a trade for Houston Texans signal-caller Deshaun Watson.

“We’re not trading for Deshaun Watson,” Mara said, a look of exasperation crossing his face as if the mere idea of trading for Watson was inconceivable in the owner’s mind.

Such a reaction and such an answer have all sorts of interesting implications for the Giants as their organizational re-boot continues.

Despite the quarterback’s yearly struggles, the Giants are still all-in on Daniel Jones

Giants fans, having seen enough – or not enough, as the case may be – of 2019 first-round pick Daniel Jones, were undoubtedly hoping the new general manager would chart a new course at quarterback, and perhaps that might have featured the talented, but legally compromised quarterback from Houston.

But in his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Schoen did not sound like a man who was ready to give up on Jones.

“Once the new staff gets in here, we’re going to get together — offensive coordinator, head coach, the entire staff — dive into the film as a group and look at what Daniel does best,” Schoen said. “And we’re going to try to allow him to put his best foot forward … There’s not anybody in this building that’s said a bad word about his work ethic, passion, desire to win, and I think you’ve got to have those traits as a quarterback. The kid has physical ability. He’s got arm strength, he’s athletic, he can run. I’m really excited to work with Daniel.”

Mara was particularly blunt in his assessment of Jones, and he did not lay the blame for his failures at the quarterback’s feet.

“We’ve done everything possible to screw this kid up since he’s been here,” Mara said. “We certainly have not given up on Daniel Jones”

Mara sacked the Watson trade rumor like Michael Strahan in his prime

Mara also addressed the legal elephant in the room: Watson is facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault or misconduct.

Even if the Giants, or any team, for that matter, was interested in trading for Watson, it’s a non-starter as long as the legal hammer is hanging over the entire process. No team is going to risk trade capital on a player who might never be eligible to play for them, should the league suspend Watson for an indefinite period if he is held liable in civil court.

“There are so many reasons why we wouldn’t do that,” Mara said. “Cap-wise, we couldn’t afford it, but more importantly, with the allegations that are out there right now, that’s just not the right fit for us.”

Bringing in a player with so much legal baggage is the last thing a New York professional sports team wants to do, given the intense media environment in the city. The Giants have had enough dysfunction just with the way the team has been run by its previous general manager and coaching staffs. Adding the kind of distraction that Watson would bring to the table makes him a non-starter for an organization trying to gain stability from within.

The Giants are set to interview Brian Flores, but does nixing Watson mean the interest has cooled?

The origin of the Watson rumors was the mutual interest shown between former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and Giants management. Mara reportedly reached out to Flores directly after being let go by Miami, and Flores is scheduled for a formal interview with the Giants on Thursday.

And given Flores’ interest in trading for Watson, while he was with Miami, to the point where a trade deadline deal was nearly consummated last year, it seemed natural to assume a Flores hire might be the precursor to a Watson trade.

But Mara shot down the trade part of the equation down hard on Wednesday and coupled with increasing chatter that the Giants are on the verge of hiring Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, it could be bad news for Flores how adamant Mara’s reaction to the Watson possibility was on Wednesday.

It wasn’t so great for the Texans, either. Whether in reality or as a decoy, taking the Giants off the table only makes general manager Nick Caserio’s job that much harder.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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