3 hypothetical Steelers trade scenarios for QB Deshaun Watson
By Tommy Jaggi
Texans quarterback, Deshaun Watson, wants to be traded. Here are the three best hypothetical trade packages the Steelers can afford to offer.
It’s no secret that Texans star quarterback, Deshaun Watson, would like a fresh start and Houston may just offer him that this offseason. After some questionable business decisions over the past few years – including trading away star receiver, DeAndre Hopkins – Watson has had enough. The Steelers just so happen to have a 39-year-old quarterback nearing the end of his NFL career.
While a trade scenario that would send Watson to Pittsburgh is highly unlikely due to Ben Roethlisberger’s pending return for a final season and the shaky cap situation, it still is interesting to delve into what it would cost for the Steelers to land one of the best young quarterbacks in the league via trade.
Assuming Roethlisberger decided to call it quits this year and the Steelers were able to get back under the cap with a few roster moves, here are three hypothetical trades Pittsburgh could offer Houston for quarterback, Deshaun Watson:
Trade scenario 1:
Steelers get: QB Deshaun Watson
Texans get: DL Stephon Tuitt, 2021 1st, 2021 2nd, 2022 1st, 2023 1st
I can’t take credit for this trade scenario, as this is one that staff writers of theScore recently came up with. However, it’s an enticing offer that makes a lot of sense for both parties involved. The Texans would be getting an outrageous amount of draft capital that would include a total of three first-round picks and a second-round pick to help them rebuild an organization that will be without its best player. In addition, Stephon Tuitt is on a very reasonable contract that runs all the way through the end of the 2022 season.
For the Steelers, they would be making an effortless transition from one Hall of Fame quarterback to potentially another, and Watson would no doubt be a significant upgrade over Big Ben at this point in his career.