This piece is part of the Riggo’s Rag Roundtable quarterback debate. More QB options for the Washington Football Team can be found here.
You’ve read enough of my bad opinions on the Washington Football Team, so you should have known that I would get away with this one.
The Washington Football team has a quarterback problem. Some time ago I wrote that Washington should not do anything by halves to solve this problem. Now, I’m going to stand up for what is perhaps the most comprehensive move on the market: trading with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
One could argue that the Washington Football team has not had long-term quarterback stability since Sammy Baugh. Sonny Juergensen brought a living arm, but it would only have security about half a decade before Billy Kilmer came in to challenge his role. The three Super Bowls of the 1980s and 1990s were won by three different quarterbacks. And it’s been a sad episode of disappointment ever since.
Even as the Washington Football team enters a brighter era with Ron Rivera, who led his team to the NFL playoffs in his freshman year, the quarterback still has one question to answer. Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen are solid backups, but both are unlikely to grow past this point. Washington isn’t voting early enough to pick a franchise quarterback, and the free agent options are uninspiring. Matthew Stafford has already been treated. The choice is dwindling.
But there’s one more hyper-explosive, hyper-aggressive move the Washington Football team can take. You can trade for Deshaun Watson.
A deal for Watson wouldn’t be cheap. There is no crushing this reality. According to reports, Watson would cost at least three first round picks and a senior player (no, WFT fans, Landon Collins doesn’t count). It is safe to argue whether a player is worth that much, and Washington has been burned to death with similar trades in the past.
But there’s a reason Watson is worth so much. Highly rated rookie quarterbacks sometimes require lucrative trades, but they are still a mystery even when earned. Watson is now a well-known figure. He is a three-time pro bowler aged just 25. He set up a top 5 statistical season in 2020 despite playing with a junior position, a lower-level offensive line, a lower-level defense and an interim manager.
Any team interested in Watson knows they’ll get a blue-chip starter right away. He is an aggressive, creative playmaker in the quarterback position who has the athleticism and vision to remove pocket pressure and extend games, and the awareness to use his skills at a high level.
Even in Washington, Watson would have a better offensive line and a better cast of skills. Even without the selection of the first round for the next three years, Washington could add to this cast. You have the option to pay for him, and with a near-elitist defense already in tow, you should waste as little time as possible looking for your franchise quarterback.
There are many potential downsides to a deal for Watson. But unlike many other scenarios, none of these drawbacks affect the player. Watson is a player who can improve his teams, something the Washington Football team hasn’t had in a long time. With its alleged availability, it is time for Washington to rush and be aggressive in finding a solution.
Yes, Washington will get a hit. But the roster is already good enough for a player like Watson to keep them at the top of the NFC East while holding out the cost of the trade. And if they can ultimately hold Watson long-term, then they’ll have the division under control for years to come.
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