Whatever Happens With Deshaun Watson, Keep Him Out of the NFC North
Deshaun Watson is not happy. It started with Mike Florio, the perennial NFL town crier. Florio will scream fire when there isn’t a fire to be seen except someone lighting a match. From there, it started to spiral a bit. The news came out that Watson wanted Eric Bieniemy for the head coaching position, and he did not get an interview. Bieniemy interviewed every place with an opening but not Houston. This made Watson irate, and now it seems like he may want out of Houston. Who knows if that will happen. Maybe the new general manager will agree to talk with Biennemy and make sure Watson feels good about the next coach. There is a larger discussion here about the NFL turning into the NBA, but that’s’ not why I’m here. I’m here to advocate for Watson to stay away from NFC North.
The good news is we do not have to worry about Minnesota. They’re not a problem in this scenario. Someone suggested Kirk Cousins and the 14th pick for Watson which might be the funniest trade of all-time. Vikings are in cap hell. They could not take on a contract of Watson’s stature even if they moved Cousins elsewhere. They do have picks, but it would take a lot to sacrifice there. We can confidentially cross them off the list.
The good news keeps rolling in because Chicago Bears are also poorly run by the cap. It is incredible to see that the two biggest rivals of the Packers cannot beat them in the regular season and try to by throwing money at everything. If the Bears were to acquire Watson, they would need a beefed-up deal that probably included Khalil Mack. Seeing as Chicago is in the playoffs, they do not have a high draft pick either. They’re not a threat to get into the Watson sweepstakes.
Lions are more of a threat, but seeing Detroit do something like this would be so unlike them. It makes sense, don’t get me wrong, but I could never see Detroit dropping their nuts on the table. They’re limited in cap space, but they have assets. Matthew Stafford would be an intriguing talent back considering he is from Texas plus they’re picking seventh. At the seventh spot, you could draft Kyle Trask, Trey Lance and hit the restart button.
Jack Easterby is a devilish figure inside the Houston front office. Part of me wonders if this is all a plan to get all the draft picks back that Bill O’Brien lost. Would I do that with Watson? Absolutely not. But who knows. You can feel comfort in knowing an NFC North team will not be the ones.