“Rumors already are circulating, and we’ve already heard them from multiple different people, that Watson has quietly broached with teammates the possibility of requesting a trade,” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote Thursday. “If that’s happening, it may just be a strategic effort to ensure his views are respected by ownership. Regardless, it raises the stakes and crosses a bridge and potentially sets the foundation for Watson eventually to decide that he’d like to continue his career elsewhere.”
The Colts are built to compete now, but Rivers showed he was not the man to get them over the top in their playoff game.
Bleacher Report recently laid out potential trade packages and the Colts sending three consecutive first-round picks in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
“The major potential problem, of course, is that the Colts and Texans play together in the AFC South. That might not make a trade impossible, but if there are other suitors for Watson, Indy would likely have to offer an extra-sweet package in order to win those sweepstakes.”
The franchise recently made the 25-year-old the second-highest-paid player in NFL history with his four-year, $156 million contract would leave the Texans with a “mere” $21.6 million dead-cap hit in the event of the trade this offseason.
The Texans lack first- and second-round picks in the 2021 NFL draft, so they would be getting back a tremendous haul in return for Watson.
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