The NY Jets are one of the many teams that have been connected to recent rumors regarding disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. And it appears as though there’s some substance to those rumors.
Aside from the social media interactions and playful hints from his agency, one recent report indicates that the Jets have actually shown interest in trading for the superstar quarterback.
WFAN’s Craig Carton spoke on his radio show on Wednesday about the Watson situation and he revealed that the Jets have reached out to the Texans about a possible trade. He didn’t reveal how serious those conversations have been, only that they have, indeed, inquired.
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that the Jets have been considered a logical landing spot for Watson ever since rumors of his unrest began to emerge. Now, with tension growing by the day, could a trade be in the works sooner rather than later?
Could the NY Jets actually make a push for Deshaun Watson?
While the Jets are one of the few teams with the necessary draft capital to get a deal done for Watson, there are some obstacles to overcome. For starters, they won’t be the only team making a push — not even the only team in their division.
The Miami Dolphins have just as much draft capital and the same desire to trade for Watson. Despite the presence of Tua Tagovailoa, Miami likely wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to trade for a player of Watson’s caliber.
That said, the Jets do also make a ton of sense. They have the draft capital, the cap space, and the need to make a serious run at him. While this wouldn’t be a typical Joe Douglas move by any stretch of the imagination, it’s certainly an opportunity he’ll explore.
After all, if there’s one thing we know about Douglas, it’s that he’s never afraid to pick up the phone.
The point of loading up on cap space and assets is to ensure you can take advantage of opportunities like this. Douglas didn’t anticipate Watson possibly being available a year ago, but that doesn’t mean he won’t change his plans now.
Sometimes the best plans are the ones that are re-designed. A formulaic outlook can sink a franchise.
Jets fans probably shouldn’t get their hopes up that Watson ends up in New York by the end of the offseason.
But oftentimes where there’s smoke, there’s fire. This might just be one of those situations.