5 teams that could trade for Christian McCaffrey in 2022

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Houston Texans could trade for Christian McCaffrey

The Houston Texans have shown some signs of life over the second half of the season. But this is an organization clearly going through some turmoil and some big decisions have to be made by those in power during the offseason – with the future of quarterback Deshaun Watson set to be resolved at some stage.

Watson has been a long-time target for the Carolina Panthers, who could go back in for the former Clemson star this spring, according to reports from Joe Person of The Atletic and Albert Breer from Sports Illustrated. His serious legal issues need to resolve in a satisfactory fashion before any trade can be agreed upon, but team owner David Tepper remains adamant that a huge splash like this is what the franchise needs to get back into the playoff picture.

Carolina could offer Christian McCaffrey as part of the move. And the Texans do need to improve their ability in the run despite having a veteran presence in David Johnson generating carries.

McCaffrey doesn’t have a no-trade clause. So even though this would not be his preferred destination, the player wouldn’t get much of a say in the matter.

Having McCaffrey in the Texans’ backfield would be a tremendous asset for Davis Mills – the rookie quarterback that looks poised to become the team’s long-term starter after those in power decided to remove Watson from the equation.