New England Patriots

HOUSTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 27: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans walks off the field after a 37-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

While most of the internet is talking about Wall Street trades, Deshaun Watson has a different kind of trade on his mind.

A move that many have expected for weeks is now official, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting Watson has in fact requested a trade from the Houston Texans. There had been a string of hope left in Houston that Watson would give the franchise one more year to turn things around, but it appears that won’t be the case.

This news comes the day after Houston announced the hiring of David Culley as their new head coach. According to Schefter, that decision “has not and will not alter Watson’s thinking.”

In fact, it sounds like Watson’s mind has been set for some time now. “Deshaun Watson hasn’t spoken to new Texans general manager Nick Caserio nor executive Jack Easterby,” Schefter tweeted. “Watson is moving on and waiting to see where his NFL future takes him.”

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What Watson will cost to obtain is now the big question, given the lack of precedent of a 25-year-old franchise quarterback already signed to a long-term extension hitting the open market. The Jets and Dolphins, owners of the second and third picks, respectively, in this year’s draft, are seen as the top suitors. However, it’s expected to take more than just the one pick to get the deal done.

As for the Patriots, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell laid out potential deals for a handful of teams trying to land Watson, including New England. According to Barnwell, the Patriots’ price would be the 15th overall pick, their third-round comp pick, a 2022 first-round pick, 2023 second-round pick, J.C. Jackson, and N’Keal Harry.

Even if Houston were to take that deal, Watson has a no-trade clause in his five-year contract extension he signed last spring. Any potential deal can’t go through without him giving the green light. Early reports indicate his top two destinations are the New York Jets and Miami, meaning the Patriots could be seeing a lot of the 25-year-old in the near future.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.