It’s no surprise to hear that the Jets might be interested given their assets and need at the quarterback position. But how much should the Jets give up in a possible Watson trade?
According to one NFL Hall of Famer, quite a bit.
Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin said during an NFL Network media availability on Wednesday of Super Bowl LV week that the Jets should “go all in” on Watson.
“If you can get a Deshaun Watson you go all in on a Deshaun Watson. He’s a difference kind of a guy, he’s a different playmaker. And if you can have that different type of playmaker in New York, oh my God, oh my God. It could be crazy if you could get that talent, that kid in New York.”
Irvin didn’t specify exactly what the Jets should give up, but his proposal was rather simple. You do whatever it takes to get Watson in New York.
Should the NY Jets “go all in” on Deshaun Watson?
His sentiment is shared by a portion of Jets fans who would like to see the Jets do anything possible to land Watson this offseason. If that includes four-plus first-round picks — you do it.
Of course, the opposing belief is that the Jets shouldn’t mortgage their future to land one player. It’s a fair opinion, but what exactly could the Jets offer?
The Jets are in prime position to offer the Texans perhaps the most exuberant package. They have two first-round picks in each of the next two seasons, courtesy of the Jamal Adams trade, including the No. 2 and 23 pick in 2021.
They also have the No. 34 overall pick in this year’s draft as well as two third-round picks. Combine that with whatever draft capital they’d get in return for Sam Darnold and you have a very appealing return package for Houston.
On top of that, their financial flexibility makes it so they could still properly build around Watson if they were to trade for him. His very reasonable contract for a player of his caliber makes it even more possible.
Simply put, the Jets can offer a lot — perhaps more than any other team.
Does that mean they will? It’s impossible to say right now. But what we do know is that the Jets will be interested. They’ve made it clear that the quarterback market is something they will explore this offseason, especially given their reported interest in Matthew Stafford.
Deshaun Watson is very much in play for the Jets. But will the team “go all in” like Irvin suggests?
Only time will telll.