Did Deshaun Watson tip his hand and reveal where he wants to be traded to this offseason?
With the Wild Card Round taking place this weekend, you’d think that would be the talk of the NFL. That’s not the case, because all eyes are on the Houston Texans and their deteriorating relationship with quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Various reports confirmed that Watson was “extremely unhappy” with the Texans over their hiring process, which ended up with them signing Nick Caserio of the New England Patriots to be their new general manager. The anger wasn’t directed over Caserio himself. Rather, Watson asked the Texans to include him in the hiring process and gave suggestions for candidates, and the team signed Caserio without consulting him.
Rumors circulated that Watson could potentially demand a trade this offseason once the Caserio hiring became official. Now with this latest report, it seems as though the relationship is beyond repair and could end with Watson ending up on another team. Could one of those teams be the Chicago Bears? That’s what WGN-TV weatherman Mike Janssen is wondering, because Watson randomly started following him on Twitter! To make matters even more intriguing, Watson also followed fellow WGN weatherman Ryan Konrad.
The Bears do need an upgrade at quarterback
Does this random follow actually mean anything? Probably not. But it will only add fuel to the fire, as Watson holds a special place in the minds and hearts of Bears fans.
Back in 2017, the Bears held the third overall pick in the NFL Draft and were in desperate need of a quarterback. Watson was viewed as the consensus top signal caller in the entire class, and Bears fans got excited upon hearing that the Bears finalized a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to move up to the No. 2 spot in the first round. It had to be Watson coming off the board.
It wasn’t. It was Mitchell Trubisky.
Bears fans had to live with Trubisky struggling to put all the pieces together at the NFL level, while Watson was lighting up the league with the Texans. Sure, they finished with the third-worst record in the league this season while the Bears made the playoffs, albeit while falling backwards into the berth. But the Bears have a desperate need at quarterback at season’s end, because Trubisky is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
If Pace and head coach Matt Nagy are retained, the easy way to build a winner is by pulling off a trade for Watson. If the Bears finalize the deal with the Texans, then give credit to the WGN weather team for helping it become a reality.