Carolina and Watson are a dream match…for the Titans
No one knows what is going to happen between Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans, but it seems unlikely that the Tennessee Titans will be seeing him twice in 2021 (or ever again).
For over a month now, everyone has connected Watson to the Miami Dolphins or the New York Jets. It makes sense, both teams have the draft resources to make an enticing deal for the Texans if they are willing to accept that Watson doesn’t want to play for them anymore.
However, as time goes on and the game of musical chairs for QBs seems to be heading towards a stopping point, another team has emerged as a real contender to land Watson. That team is the Carolina Panthers.
There are a few obvious reasons why Titans fans should be ecstatic if the Panthers are the team to land Watson.
First of all, it means that Watson is out of the AFC South, and out of the AFC entirely. That would limit interactions between the Titans and Watson to once every four years or a Super Bowl matchup.
Maybe even more exciting than that is that the Carolina Panthers don’t have a premium draft pick. 8th overall obviously isn’t bad, but that will likely put the Houston Texans out of the mix for the top four quarterbacks in the draft.
They could get Teddy Bridgewater in a trade deal with the Panthers, but does that actually help anything? Is there anyone that thinks that Bridgewater is a franchise quarterback, or even anything other than an expensive bridge to the next guy?
Then this came out and got me thinking…this could be the final domino to fall in the nightmare scenario that ruins the Texans for a decade:
His floor is 8th overall?
Let’s say that is true and that Tannenbaum isn’t just being used to send out smokescreens.
He also mentions that the New England Patriots are interested in Mac Jones. As luck would have it the Texans’ new GM is from that New England staff.
Putting two and two together, there is a scenario where the Texans trade Watson to the Carolina Panthers for picks and players, and then their first move after this trade is to draft…Mac Jones.
This would be hilarious for Titans fans and it would be the cherry on top of a nightmarish offseason for the Houston Texans. That means that over the last 12 months, they would have:
-Lost their franchise quarterback
-Cut the face of their defense for a decade
-Wasted a top-10 draft pick on the consensus 5th best quarterback in this draft
-Traded Nuk Hopkins away for nothing
-Completely alienated their fan base.
Will it happen? Who knows, but what a fall from grace for a team that looked poised to be a contender for the AFC South crown for a decade. Now, they are just another victim on the schedule for Derrick Henry and the Titans.