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Report: Texans could seek 2021 first, second-round picks from Jets for Deshaun Watson

How much is New York willing to give up to secure Watson?

Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans in action against the Tennessee Titans during a game at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Deshaun Watson wants a trade away from Houston Texans, and his current team will ask for some hefty draft capital to be comfortable with moving the franchise quarterback. The New York Jets have emerged as one of the favorites to land Watson, and he won’t come cheap.

Long time Texans beat writer John McClain suggested Houston could ask for at least New York’s first and second-round picks in the 2021 NFL draft alongside defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.

McClain speculates that the Texans would likely take the second-best quarterback in the draft to replace Watson. They might not bring in Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, but Zach Wilson and Justin Fields will be available at No. 2 overall. This arrangement could help Houston begin its rebuild on both sides of the ball and potentially secure a franchise building block for the future.

McClain had previously said there was no chance of a trade, so it’s notable he would start to offer up a somewhat specific trade suggestion. Are the Jets willing to give up that much to bring in Watson? We’ll find out sometime over the next three months.