The Patriots have the second-highest odds, according to Las Vegas, to land Deshaun Watson.
The melodrama surrounding Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans seems to worsen every couple of days.
After violating a previous agreement that assured Watson the organization would consult with the general manager and head coaching candidates he endorsed, the Texans took things a step further by failing to notify him that they were in the process of appointing Nick Caserio as the new GM.
Watson has responded by ignoring ownership’s attempts to contact him and there’s growing speculation that he could waive the no-trade clause in his contract if he continues to grow frustrated with the franchise’s direction.
In light of this development, oddsmakers went out of their way to generate the teams that have the best chances of landing Watson in a potential trade. While Patriots fans will no doubt love where the team falls in this list, their initial takeaway probably won’t be all positive.
We’re honestly not sure how to feel about this. Having the second best odds of every team to land arguably a top-five quarterback who’s just entering his prime is thrilling.
At the same time, however, the thought of the Dolphins getting their hands on Watson is absolutely terrifying given how they would morph into instant championship contenders. Did we mention that Miami is currently the only reported team that would pique his trade interest?
That number is likely to grow if tensions continue to boil over, but think about it this way: would Watson rather lift his no-trade clause to be dealt to a budding perennial playoff contender with a vacant offensive coordinator position (he could potentially have a say in the hiring process) or a team like the Patriots that has a string of roster holes on both sides of the ball that need to be addressed and likely can’t all be fixed in one offseason?
We all know who would come out on top in that scenario. Unless the Dolphins fail to orchestrate a deal by the 2021 Draft, when their tandem of first-round selections could be used in a potential trade for Watson, we simply refuse to believe that the Patriots stand a chance at becoming the more intriguing destination.