By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
Could Deshaun Watson be traded to the Jets or Giants?
The rumors are heating up especially since Watson recently declared his intention to be traded.
The Jets and Dolphins have been the frontrunners all along, but the Giants suddenly have entered the discussion.
Why? Because both teams recognize the need for a franchise quarterback.
However, they both share a common thread with Watson – all three teams don’t have all the necessary weapons around them.
How really feasible is Watson being dealt to either team?
Furthermore, how logical is it in New York? Miami is a team already built for the postseason.
Despite new coach Robert Saleh’s ringing endorsement, Sam Darnold’s prospects of being the Jets’ quarterback in 2021 still generate controversy and anxiety.
In three years, Darnold has started 38 games with a 59.8 completion rate and 45 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. At best, those are average numbers.
His quarterback record is 13-25 and his teams around him have produced a 13-35 slate. Darnold did direct a 6-2 finish in 2019.
GM Joe Douglas took steps toward supplementing Darnold with weapons Brett Perriman, Denzel Mims and La’Mical Perine along with Mehki Becton, Connor McGovern, Alex Lewis, Greg Van Roten, and George Fant.
As of mid-January, the Jets were projected to have approximately $70 million in cap space, the second-most in the league.
They also an extra first-rounder (23rd pick in Jamal Adams trade), two second –round picks (one from Adams) and a third.
Sounds tempting, right? The Jets’ No. 2 is the trigger to get Watson. They can also deal another No. 1 pick from Seattle in next year’s draft and even throw in Darnold.
Yet, the question remains — Are the Jets ready for Watson? Is the No.2 pick in the draft – one that could be used to land Orgeon tackle Penei Sewell to anchor the other side of the offensive line – worth giving up for a team that holes multiple holes to fill, mainly on defense?
As for the Giants, there is the same unsettling feeling about quarterback Daniel Jones in spite of his progress from year on to year two.
The Giants appear to be better suited with weapons around Jones, having Saquon Barkley’s return along with receivers Sterling Shepherd and Darius Slayton packaged with recent Pro-Bowl tight end Evan Engram.
Their 11th overall pick isn’t enticing enough to land Watson. A package of Jones, either Barkley or Engram, and next year’s No. 1 pick might do the trick. They may have to add more picks or even players to the deal.
This wouldn’t be the same situation when the Giants swapped Phillip Rivers along with their third 2004, first 2005, and third 2005 picks in the deal.
That Giants’ team needed Manning as the centerpiece of a rebuild.
This Giants’ team doesn’t need Watson for a rebuild. They are on the verge of becoming a playoff team with their revamped defense and rising offense that should have them on the cusp with Barkley’s return.
GM Dave Gettleman has plugged the holes correctly and has some finishing around the edges to do.
They certainly would swap Jones for Watson, but what is the remainder of the price and how what immediate repercussions could occur from it?
Jets and Giants’ fans have had the carrot dangled in front of them.
Mainly Jets’ fans are waiting for Douglas to make the move, while Giants’ fans have to be intrigued with the thought.
If Douglas drafts and shops smartly, his team can be a factor in the restricted AFC East. Then it will be on Darnold to stay healthy and live up to his pre-draft hype as being the safest quarterback to draft in 2018.
Gettleman has changed his team’s course and the postseason 2021 thoughts will gain momentum. He will have only some touch-up cap money available with a projected 7.5 million.
Watson could be a star on and off the field in the Big Apple, and he would help win his share of games over time.
This time, though, Watson would seem to be a better investment in South Beach.