If there’s any conceivable dialogue that powers Deshaun Watson to the Minnesota Vikings, it’s unforgivable to opt out of the toss altogether. Maybe the price is finally too high, but no NFL team [outside of the Kansas City Chiefs] should consider Watson speaking like a non-starter.
The big equalizer on the subject – even applicable to a team like the Seattle Seahawks – is age. Deshaun Watson is 25 years old. This is the most vital aspect of the Watson hubbub to keep in the foreground. An argument can be made that teams like the Buffalo Bills or the Los Angeles Chargers don’t need to find out from Houston, and that’s fair enough since those franchises have young people in the quarterback position as well.
But the Vikings, Packers, 49ers, Saints and many other teams don’t have that luxury. Securing Watson’s services – even if the cost will be staggering – is worth the bet if you believe a quarterback is the glue of a team. Watson’s team won’t finish 4-12 every season. Think of this final season of the Texans as a piece of dung left behind by Bill O’Brien.
As for the Vikings, the [extremely] Watson’s hypothetical acquisition would not act as a panacea. Still, Watson speeds up a puncher’s chances of reaching the Super Bowl every season. His abilities can, to some extent, mask other shortcomings on the roster unlike other NFL quarterbacks. 4-12 is unlikely to be the new normal for Watson. For wins and losses, he overcame long-standing problems with the offensive line in Houston. Outside of 2020, his squad reached the qualifiers for Years 2 and 3 with a coach now seen as uncertain.
Here are the three most important elements of Watson-to-Vikings chatter.
The “price” is not Watson’s individual contract. It’s predetermined that his contract is virtually guaranteed to be the league’s second or third-highest every season. Elite quarterbacks earn elite money. Watson ticks both boxes.
The cost is the trade transportation needed to facilitate trade. The working theory implies, in order to land Watson, an NFL team must offer three 1st round picks and then other assets. Is Watson worth this? Probably. Why? Draft picks are seen through a lens of unerring optimism – primarily by general managers but also by fans. Surely, a GM with three 1st rounds in consecutive years will select Pro Bowlers, right? If a frame not waltz through the night of the draft with this state of mind, he’s a defeatist. But overall, a franchise might only nail one of those first three rounds. The first round draft capital is no buffer to stardom. The selections must be wise and lucky.
Because the draft is always a roll of the dice (although it’s fun to pretend otherwise), Watson probably deserves the toss. The sticker is the only obstacle. Such a number of draft picks in the vault is a forecast of future optimism rather than bona fide dope on the table.
Yes, Kirk Cousins is part of the mix. His contract would be shipped to Houston (or a third team) for two reasons. First, his money has to go elsewhere for the salary cap. And a team doesn’t need two good quarterbacks. Ironically, a departure from Cousins is the “easy” side of the equation from a Viking perspective.
Do you mean you still have to protect Watson?
If Watson were strutting into US Bank Stadium to be handed a Dakota Dozier and Dru Samia sandwich, he would be suffering from food poisoning. His disillusionment with the Texans’ brass is said to be centered around coaching moves and communication follies, but make no mistake about it – a change of scenery for offensive line purposes lurks beneath it all.
The Texans quarterback has started 53 games in his career. He has been sacked an astounding 170 times in these contests. For the prospect, Peyton Manning has been sacked 65 times in his first 53 starts. That’s a difference of 105 bags. Bloody hell.
Watson is more nimble than Cousins, but Watson alone can’t totally get around the slump of an offensive line. If he could, the Texans would now be Super Bowl champions.
Watson should he [somehow] becoming a member of the Vikings, a revised and renewed pledge to redress offensive line struggles is absolutely mandatory. Where will be this Contract the money is coming? What specific offensive linemen will accomplish this? The players of the “Rookie Project” will not do the trick.
QB continuity finally corrected – with insistence
Now the positive side is that it is sturdy. Watson is not far from Patrick Mahomes via the respective skills. To date, Mahomes has been blessed with brilliant circumstances – the world’s best quarterback coach, the world’s fastest football player, and the world’s best tight end. It’s entirely possible that Watson would be the NFL poster if he played in Kansas City.
Minnesota opposes the continuity of the quarterback as the theme of the franchise. At the start of the organization, the Vikings married Fran Tarkenton. They hit four Super Bowls. When Tarkenton retired, they didn’t reach any Super Bowls. The 40+ years of proceedings have generated 30 different starting quarterbacks – from Tommy Kramer to Kirk Cousins. Mathematically, it’s a new quarterback every 22 games. Think about it.
Watson, if he is a real possibility, fixes the quarterback problem. A prize asked in the raffle is worth it.