Trading for Deshaun Watson is worth it, but not for the Giants
I know many New York Giants’ fans are ready to trade just about anyone on their team’s current roster for Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. Even I would be willing to give up quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram as well as multiple first round picks to get the deal done.
But let’s be honest, giving up all of that talent and draft assets would set the Giants back. Let’s pretend that the Giants offer the Texans Jones, Barkley, Engram and three first round picks for Watson and they take it.
The Giants would still need to add another running back after giving up Barkley. Yes, they could just re-sign Wayne Gallman, but they will need to pair him with someone else and Alfred Morris isn’t a long-term answer. They would also need to add a tight end to replace Engram.
Not counting Jones, because the Giants would be getting Watson, they would be losing two other starters on offense and would need to replace them as well as strengthen their roster without a first round pick until 2024. Not to mention, Watson still wouldn’t have a number one receiver unless New York finds one in free agency or is able to draft one after the first round.
Now acquiring Watson would give the Giants a franchise quarterback for the next several years, but will they compete for a Super Bowl anytime soon? Not likely with all of the holes that they have on their roster. With how much general manager Dave Gettleman has missed on draft picks and free agents, who knows when they would be good enough to compete with Watson under center.