Could the Giants swoop in and pair Brian Flores with Deshaun Watson?

Brian Flores, Mami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints. (Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)
Brian Flores, Mami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints. (Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports) /

If Brian Flores and Deshaun Watson indeed want to team up somewhere, could the New York Giants pull it off and set the franchise on a better track?

The surprise move of the NFL’s “Black Monday” was the Miami Dolphins firing of head coach Brian Flores. He immediately became a top candidate on the market, with the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears interviewing him for their job openings.

The Dolphins were legitimately interested in Deshaun Watson, and by all indications if his legal situation had been resolved a deal would have been done at the trade deadline. But he remains a Houston Texan, with trade rumors sure to reignite as the offseason gets rolling.

According to NFL reporter Jordan Schultz, Flores and Watson want to team up and are trying to “navigate a scenario” where they go to the same team. The obvious one would be the Texans, but it’s clear the issues Watson had with his current team go beyond any coaching staff or general manager Nick Caserio.

Could the New York Giants swoop in and team Brian Flores with Deshaun Watson?

The New York Giants are undergoing searches for a new general manager and head coach. They also have a quarterback question mark, with Daniel Jones almost certain to not have his fifth-year option picked up for 2023 and carrying a $8.2 million cap hit for 2022.

Flores was born in Brooklyn, and there are some indications he has an eye on the Giants. Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports the interest looks to be mutual, as many of the general manager candidates New York has interviewed have Flores on their short list of head coaching candidates.

Watson obviously has red flags right now, and he simply may not want to go to the Giants. For the team, there’s also the Patriots-Bill Belichick coaching tree factor that Flores shares with the recently fired Joe Judge. Dunleavy also adds how the Giants mishandled kicker Josh Brown’s domestic violence arrest in 2016 as a point that may turn them away from Watson.

From a pure trade capital standpoint, the Giants have two top-10 picks in April’s draft and Jones entering the likely final year of his contract. So they could make a big move for a veteran quarterback this offseason. The odds of getting Watson and teaming him with Flores are pretty remote, but it has entered the realm of possibility until shown otherwise.

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