REPORT: Jets Should Give Up Sam Darnold, Quinnen Williams, & Multiple Picks In Blockbuster Deshaun Watson Trade
For the past few weeks, teams like the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, and New York Jets have heard their names in numerous trade rumors regarding disgruntled QB Deshaun Watson.
The Jets thought they had their QB of the future when they drafted Sam Darnold in 2018, but things have not worked out as planned. The Jets are set to have nine picks total in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, and that includes the No. 2 overall pick that looks lovely like to a team like the Houston Texans that would require it in any trade for Watson.
It take a lot more than that, however, as Peter King proposed in his latest column.
“A 6-for-1 deal. Quarterback Sam Darnold, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, first-round picks in 2021 (second overall) and 2022 (the higher of New York’s two first-round picks), plus second-round picks in 2021 (34th overall) and 2023 in exchange for Watson. Caserio could turn the second overall pick this year into another ransom. But I’m just skeptical that Douglas would make this move.
Obviously, he’d be thrilled to get Watson. But he knows he has a crummy overall roster and denuding his looming drafts I believe is too much for him to accept. One other factor here: With Houston in some cap trouble and the Jets with a monstrous $68 million in cap space per Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap, the Texans could ask the Jets to take the guaranteed $10.5-million 2020 contract of fading edge rusher Whitney Mercilus.”
Houston Texans reporter John McClain recently said on KOA radio in Denver that “trade talks start with the Jets.”
“They don’t want the eighth, ninth, or 12th pick. They don’t want [Jimmy] Garoppolo, [Teddy] Bridgewater or [Drew] Lock. They want the opportunity to pick the second best quarterback in the draft.”
McClain also reiterated that the “Jets are on his list of one of the teams where he would go,” refuting prior reports that suggest the opposite.