If the Carolina Panthers are intent on going ‘all-in’ to land Deshaun Watson, what could a potential trade package look like?
There appears to be no letting up regarding the rumors swirling around Deshaun Watson and a possible trade to the Carolina Panthers. The Houston Texans quarterback is willing to do whatever it takes to secure a move away from the troubled organization this offseason after a series of failed promises and little in the way of talent around him – but it remains to be seen if the team will bow to his demands.
Watson reportedly met with new Texans head coach David Culley, where he outlined his desire for a trade away from the team once again. This hasn’t exactly been accommodated by Houston as yet, although the close we get to the 2021 NFL Draft, the more pressure those in power will be under to maximize their potential capital for one of the best in the business.
Make no mistake, Carolina is on red alert where Watson is concerned. They are keen on getting an upgrade on Teddy Bridgewater after his inconsistent first year under center and are willing to “pay any price” to bring the signal-caller back to an area where he starred in college at Clemson.
While that sounds good, gutting the roster for an elite quarterback comes with its fair share of risk. There is even the chance Watson doesn’t waive his no-trade clause if the Panthers give up too much talent, so it really is a precarious situation and one the likes of new general manager Scott Fitterer must handle with care.
It’s pretty evident that Bridgewater is done after failing to meet expectations. But just who is going to replace him is still very much up in the air – even though Watson is the primary prize.
The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins have higher draft picks that can be packaged. So the Panthers need to get creative in their pursuit of getting Houston to consider their offer when the time comes to start taking calls.
With this in mind, let’s take a look a three possible trade packages that would most definitely come with an “all-in” tag.