Deshaun Watson's Personal Coach Reacts to Carson Wentz Trade Amid Texans Rumors

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2021

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson walks off the field before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Houston. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, because they weren’t authorized to discuss the request publicly. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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Deshaun Watson's personal coach, Quincy Avery, reacted to the news that the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-rounder (that could become a first if Wentz plays 75 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps in 2021).   

"What's the criteria for a quarterback asking to get traded, then actually getting traded?" Avery tweeted Thursday. "Asking for a friend."

It's no secret Watson wants to be traded. The issue is that he's really, really good and that the Texans don't have anything close to a backup plan at quarterback. 

Ian Kenyon @IanKenyonNFL

If Deshaun Watson was the QB18 instead of the QB3, he’d be on a different team yesterday

Joe Banner @JoeBanner13

Maybe some people now realize how much Watson is worth if traded (I don’t believe he will be). A healthy top tier QB who is 26, great leader, smart, and under contract at a good price for 5 years is Priceless.

It wasn't that difficult for the Eagles to wrap their heads around trading the 28-year-old Wentz. He was horrible in 2020, throwing for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 12 games, completing just 57.4 percent of his passes and taking 50 sacks. 

Just as importantly, however, was the fact that he was benched in favor of Jalen Hurts, who impressed down the stretch and made it easy for the Eagles to justify giving up on Wentz. Without a viable option to replace him, perhaps they wouldn't have been so apt to strike the deal. 

Watson, meanwhile, was excellent yet again in 2020, throwing for 4,823 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 70.2 percent of his passes. The three-time Pro Bowler did all that in the season after the Texans traded away his best weapon, DeAndre Hopkins. 

And Houston doesn't have a great path to replace him. Backup AJ McCarron isn't a franchise quarterback. They would have the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, except they traded that to the Miami Dolphins in the Laremy Tunsil deal. 

Yes, trading Watson for a mountain of draft picks might resolve that issue for the Texans. And it might come to that at some point. But it's easier to understand why Houston would be far less apt to deal him than the Eagles were when it came to Wentz.