As always, take them all with a grain of salt.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler spoke about Watson’s future on “Get Up” Friday morning and he revealed a pair of teams that the three-time Pro Bowler is reportedly “intrigued by.”
Fowler mentioned the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, but when he asked about the Jets, he wasn’t given the same intriguing response. When he asked his source about the Jets and Miami Dolphins, the response was a resounding “probably not” for the Jets.
That isn’t to say that the Jets aren’t possible suitors, rather, that Watson isn’t nearly as intrigued about joining the Jets as other teams.
This directly contradicts earlier reports that seemed to indicate that Watson’s preferred landing spot was the Jets. His admiration of new head coach Robert Saleh chief among those reasons.
But Fowler’s report states the opposite.
The NY Jets are still very much in play for Deshaun Watson
But just like most of these rumors and reports, none of them matter. As long as Watson doesn’t veto a trade to the Jets using his no-trade clause, then they’re still very much in play for the 25-year-old quarterback.
By all accounts, Watson just wants out of Houston. Are there places he could refuse a trade to? Perhaps. But it seems very unlikely that one of those places would be New York.
In all likelihood, if the Texans do eventually relent and trade their disgruntled quarterback, he will go to the highest bidder. Whether that’s a team like the Jets or Dolphins remains to be seen, but those teams certainly have the most ammunition.
With four first-round picks over the next two years, including the No. 2 overall pick in 2021, and a boatload of cap space, the Jets are as appealing of a trade partner as any for the Texans.
Are the Jets Watson’s top choice? In reality, no one except for Watson and his camp knows what he wants. And at the end of the day, it likely isn’t going to matter the specific teams that he wants.
Watson wants out of Houston, and if presented with that opportunity, he’s likely going to take it. The Jets will gladly offer him that opportunity.