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DropKickFlutie

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I think Caserio was a good guy and hope he succeeds even though littlefinger conman Easterby is there. In looking at their roster they have some major factors:
- a pissed off QB in Watson.
-an overpaid DE in Watts.
-Way over the salary cap, I believe by 20M.

If Watson forces his way, would it make sense to trade him to the Jets for a haul of picks (sounds like the rumor is 3 1st rounders), but in parallel go get Jalen Hurts? Philly has tripled down on Wentz and they may be open to trading Hurts.

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jmt57

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As much talk as there has been by sports writers about trading DeShaun Watson, I don't believe it is feasible.

Should Houston trade him now it actually hurts their cap, increasing it by $5.6 million. In addition it would create $21.6 million in dead cap money.


The one exception to the statement above is if he were to be traded after June1.

Problem with that is twofold: for Houston that would come after the draft and long after the start of free agency, so it won't help them until 2022 at the earliest. In addition the team they send Watson to will improve, meaning those draft picks will be towards the end of the round, not beginning.

The second problem is finding a trade partner at that late of a date. By then most teams will be set at QB, barring an unforeseen training camp injury. It also compresses the amount of time for Watson to learn the playbook and get in sync with the rest of the offense.
 

DropKickFlutie

In the Starting Line-Up
As much talk as there has been by sports writers about trading DeShaun Watson, I don't believe it is feasible.

Should Houston trade him now it actually hurts their cap, increasing it by $5.6 million. In addition it would create $21.6 million in dead cap money.


The one exception to the statement above is if he were to be traded after June1.

Problem with that is twofold: for Houston that would come after the draft and long after the start of free agency, so it won't help them until 2022 at the earliest. In addition the team they send Watson to will improve, meaning those draft picks will be towards the end of the round, not beginning.

The second problem is finding a trade partner at that late of a date. By then most teams will be set at QB, barring an unforeseen training camp injury. It also compresses the amount of time for Watson to learn the playbook and get in sync with the rest of the offense.

Thanks. I didn't realize the 21M in dead money. so that's a non-starter and they're also 20M over the cap already. So then they should maybe try to hire EricB and convince Watson to hang around with EricB as HC. I didn't realize Watson is only 25 years old. One of the most attractive young good QBs in the entire league with at least a decade of more years ahead of him if he takes care of his body.
 

jmt57

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Thanks. I didn't realize the 21M in dead money. so that's a non-starter and they're also 20M over the cap already. So then they should maybe try to hire EricB and convince Watson to hang around with EricB as HC. I didn't realize Watson is only 25 years old. One of the most attractive young good QBs in the entire league with at least a decade of more years ahead of him if he takes care of his body.

Again, a post-June 1 trade makes a world of difference in terms of Houston's cap. It's not as if they're going to suddenly be back in the playoffs in 2021, so if the Pats (or another team) misses out on a QB in free agency as well as the draft - and Watson still wants out - it's a possibility then. Same goes for a training camp/preseason injury.

But if I am Houston, I'd wait to see how his attitude is four, five, six months from now. As you pointed out, that will probably be determined by who they hire as head coach. From what I have read Watson wanted to have input on the hiring of their new GM and new HC and McNair agreed - and then the Texans hired Caserio without any involvement at all from Watson. If they don't land Bienemy - whom Watson has supposedly advocated - will Watson blame management, even if Bienemy had no interest in that job?
 

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