Watson has understandably grown frustrated with the organization and reports seem to indicate that he wants out sooner rather than later. The Jets are one of the teams that have been closely connected to the superstar signal-caller.
And one recent report indicates the interest might be mutual.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported on Saturday that the Jets remain Watson’s preferred landing spot if a trade were to be orchestrated. Salguero, who is a Dolphins beat reporter, insisted that the Dolphins are second on his list.
“Watson this week told people the Jets are his top preference among the teams he’d like to be traded to because they hired Robert Saleh to be their coach and Watson values Saleh so much he wanted the Texans to interview him for their vacant head coach job.”
Deshaun Watson seems to be very interested in the NY Jets
Salguero reported that the primary reason behind Watson’s reported interest in the Jets is the recent hiring of head coach Robert Saleh. Saleh was notably one of two candidates Watson requested the Texans interview this offseason.
But when all was said and done, they were the only team not to put in a request to interview the former San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator.
Saleh is highly-regarded around the league with numerous players, including cornerback Richard Sherman, coming out in support of the hire in recent days. Sherman even went as far as to advise Watson to “head to New York” in a recent interview.
The Jets have a very interesting decision to make at the quarterback position this offseason. While Saleh spoke highly of the incumbent Sam Darnold in his introductory press conference, he opted against committing to him as the team’s 2021 starter.
Many reading between the lines seem to believe that Darnold’s time in New York is running out. That’s especially true if the Jets have an opportunity to land one of the most valuable players in the NFL in Watson.
It’ll cost a hefty sum, but the Jets are one of the few teams that not only have the assets, but have the financial flexibility to get a deal done. And you could bet that general manager Joe Douglas will make his inquiries.
Watson remains with the Texans for now, but the tension between the two parties continues to grow by the day.
And if he wants out, there appears to be no team he’d rather play for next than the Jets.