There have been rumors across the NFL water cooler that Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson is just not blissful in regards to the route of the group. Invoice O’Brien’s determination to commerce All-Professional huge receiver DeAndre Hopkins for pennies on the greenback only in the near past underscores this.

In the meantime, Watson has accomplished nothing to dispel this notion with some cryptic social media activity, and reviews are that O’Brien himself is seen as detached to his gamers.

Might Watson be traded? This is dependent upon a number of variables, chief amongst them his relationship with O’Brien and whether or not Watson will, in actual fact, demand a commerce.

Following a humiliating loss to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in final season’s AFC divisional spherical, O’Brien got here beneath scrutiny for his head-coaching efficiency. As an alternative of shifting on from the embattled head man, Houston determined to add the final supervisor title to O’Brien’s resume.

This lends credence to the concept that the longtime head coach will win any battle of egos between him and his gamers — as we’ve seen with Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney and Duane Brown.

If that is certainly the case, and given Watson’s standing as a participant eligible for an extension for the primary time, rumors of his departure from Houston may not be overblown. Right here’s what a commerce may seem like ought to that come to fruition both this spring or subsequent offseason.

New England Patriots: The Pats have been linked to Watson greater than every other workforce. Whether or not it’s reckless hypothesis or one thing else stays to be seen.

What we do know is that New England is available in the market for a quarterback of the longer term. It has to switch six-time Tremendous Bowl champion Tom Brady, who departed for the Buccaneers in free company. Whether or not it occurs in the course of the 2020 NFL Draft subsequent month or following this coming NFL season stays to be seen, however the 67-year-old Invoice Belichick is just not going to attend too lengthy to get a franchise man.

A commerce of this ilk can be troublesome for New England to drag off. It doesn’t have younger property to entice the Texans. Because it pertains to April’s draft, the Pats boast a first-round choose and three third-round picks as their main commerce chips.

A transfer for Watson this spring (extremely unlikely) would possible require New England giving up its first-round picks the following two years, a younger participant and two of these third-round choices. Would Houston chunk? I’m not too certain.

Dallas Cowboys:  Whereas seemingly unfathomable, a Watson for Dak Prescott commerce might make sense for each the Cowboys and Texans.

Dallas is at present within the midst of a chronic contract stalemate with Prescott that led the workforce to position the franchise tag on him.

On the opposite finish, the connection between Watson and O’Brien might very nicely be deteriorating behind the scenes. That is pure conjecture, but it surely might get to the purpose of no return — and Watson’s tweets add gasoline to the hypothesis.

Might Dallas provide Prescott and its first-round choose to Houston for Watson? At this level, something is feasible. Watson is seen as a extra full quarterback than his counterpart in Massive D. Any deal must embrace Dallas sweetening the pot.

Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins simply signed a contract extension with Minnesota after a tremendously profitable statistical season with the Vikings. That doesn’t change the dynamic in Minneapolis.

Minnesota simply dealt star receiver Stefon Diggs after his relationship with Cousins took a significant hit this previous season. Cousins merely may not have the items in place to have success subsequent season.

The identical may very well be mentioned for a Texans squad that simply traded Hopkins for pennies on the greenback, a lot to the chagrin of followers in Houston.

If the 2020-21 seasons don’t play out to the expectation of those two entrance workplaces, I can simply envision a commerce coming to fruition. Cousins is the extra prototypical quarterback that O’Brien prefers, courting again to his days with each the Patriots and Penn State.

San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco was linked to Tom Brady. Jimmy Garoppolo struggled within the playoffs final season. There’s a small window for Garoppolo to show himself.

Even when San Francisco’s supposed curiosity in Brady was not actual, the workforce will quickly face a tricky determination with Garoppolo. Regardless of placing up good numbers in final season’s run to the Tremendous Bowl, he has his faults.

On the opposite finish of the spectrum sits a Texans squad that’s possible in for a sorely disappointing 2020 season. Ought to Watson’s relationship with O’Brien go the purpose of no return, a commerce of this ilk is sensible.

San Francisco would hypothetically ship Garoppolo and a 2021 first-round choose for a participant in Watson the workforce handed up on early within the 2017 NFL Draft. It will be a approach for basic supervisor John Lynch to proper that fallacious.

Other than this, Garoppolo’s ability set suits what O’Brien likes to do on offense. Whereas the 2 by no means crossed paths in New England, the offenses are the basically identical. It is one thing to take a look at relying on how the 2020 season performs out.

Backside line

The place there’s smoke, there’s often fireplace. There are rumors suggesting Watson may very well be on his strategy to New England. This has solely been magnified since O’Brien shockingly traded Watson’s No. 1 receiver to Arizona for a operating again with current damage considerations and pennies.

Whereas I don’t anticipate something to return to fruition this spring, stranger issues have occurred — such because the commerce of Hopkins.

O’Brien is a real wild card. He beats to the sound of his personal drum. It has turned some former Texans gamers towards him. Might Watson be subsequent?

Whether or not this spring or following the 2020 season, I’d not be shocked if this marriage ended with a surprising commerce.