October 18, 2021

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ESPN breaks down a hypothetical Giants-Texans trade for Deshaun Watson

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A trade of superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans to New York Giants is highly unlikely, but ESPN’s Bill Barnwell recently decided to break down the potential scenario anyway.

Acknowledging that a deal between the two teams is improbable, Barnwell still pondered what such a deal would look like. And in his scenario, the Giants would trade quarterback Daniel Jones and three — yes, three — first-round picks for Watson.

In addition to Watson, the Giants would also land the Texans’ 2023 fourth-round pick in the deal for some reason.

Giants send: 11th overall pick in 2021, 2022 first-round pick, 2023 first-round pick, QB Daniel Jones

Texans send: 2023 fourth-round pick, QB Deshaun Watson

Jones showed virtually no growth in his second season, as his numbers stagnated or declined across the board. He missed two-plus games with injuries and led the league in fumbles for the second consecutive season. The best arguments that he’s an NFL-caliber starting quarterback consist of his frame and the fact that at least one team thought he was worth the sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft. I’m not sure anybody is higher on Jones than the guy who would be trading him away, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman.

Jones is still young enough to improve, but he hasn’t been good enough for the Texans to plan their future around him, which leaves the Giants in a bind. Would they be willing to send three first-rounders and Jones to get a deal done? And after seeing one former Pats coach sink his franchise, would Watson want to go play for another Bill Belichick disciple in Joe Judge?

That’s a pretty harsh take on both Jones and Judge, the latter without much merit.

Either way, this scenario is ridiculous even in hypothetical land for both the Giants and Texans. It’s not something that’s going to happen, although we maintain that Gettleman should check the pulse anyway.

ESPN breaks down a hypothetical Giants-Texans trade for Deshaun Watson



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