The quarterback is the most important position in football and the NY Jets have struggled to find their guy.
In 2018, Jets fans thought they finally found their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold. The young signal-caller from USC was supposed to lead this team back to playing competitive football.
Unfortunately, things haven’t exactly gone as planned. Darnold has shown some promise in the past but regressed dramatically under former head coach Adam Gase.
General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh both have spoken highly about Darnold, but fell short of committing to him long-term.
There is a rare opportunity that has presented itself this offseason and the Jets need to take advantage. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly wants out and the Jets need to do everything in their power to get him.
The NY Jets need to do everything possible to trade for Deshaun Watson
Watson is undeniably a top-five quarterback in this league and will only get better. It also looks like New York could be Watson’s top trade destination.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, New York is No. 1 on Watson’s list with the Miami Dolphins coming in second. Head coach Robert Saleh is reportedly a big reason the 25-year-old quarterback would like to come to New York.
NFL executives believe it will take at least three first-round picks to acquire Watson. The Jets have five first-rounders over the next three years and need to come up with a package deal. Acquiring Watson would immediately ignite the fan base and the organization.
The Jets also have enough cap space to absorb Watson’s contract while still being able to make other acquisitions in free agency.
Star wide receiver Allen Robinson, who is a free agent, seemingly likes the idea of Watson in New York as well. If the Jets trade for Watson, Robinson could definitely look into signing with the team.
If acquired by New York, the former Clemson star would instantly become arguably the best quarterback in Jets history. The legendary Joe Namath would be his only competition.
You need an elite quarterback in this league to compete and one becoming available via trade is unheard of. Especially one just entering his prime.
Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson are just a few young quarterbacks that the Jets will have to compete against in an ultra-competitive AFC. Getting a clear-cut superstar quarterback gives them the best chance to contend in the future.
In a lost season for Houston, Watson had his best professional season. He threw for 4823 yards, 33 touchdowns while completing 70 percent of his passes.
The Jets need to do everything in their power to trade for this young stud quarterback. If not, he could be headed to Miami.
Then New York would be in the same division with him and Allen for the next decade. And it goes without saying, that outcome is one the Jets must avoid at all costs.