If Kyler Murray is unhappy with Cardinals, these teams should pick up the phone right now

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

2. Washington Commanders

The Washington Commanders are all about the rebrand since they debuted their new name and logo on Feb. 2, and Kyler Murray could be the shiny addition to bolster their tarnished reputation over recent years.

Aside from how great Washington fans might think Murray would look in the new Commanders uniform, he would be a franchise quarterback to take the helm after the Dwayne Haskins draft disaster.

Again, this is another NFC East team that may not be able to broker a deal with their NFC West counterpart, but the Cardinals could avoid their own drawn-out scandal by cutting their losses with Murray.

Of course, these are teams that need Murray, not teams that Murray himself needs or that the Cardinals would consider. If either NFC team could make a deal, it would be worth whatever they can offer to land a talent like Murray. Like the Cardinals themselves, Murray’s arm is powerful enough to throw 60-yard bombs and uplift a flailing franchise.

1. Houston Texans

Ah, the Houston Texans. The Texans were probably the least-discussed NFL team of the 2021 season, and for good reason: their franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is still in the midst of an investigation into sexual harassment claims by over 20 women.

That being said, the Deshaun Watson trade rumors are alive and well, with many theorizing a potential move to Miami—even with Tua Tagovailoa.

But Murray could be the one to head to Houston instead if the Texans and Cardinals find a way to swap quarterbacks in the near future. It’s uncertain whether or not Watson’s name will be cleared and whether or not he will be available for a trade anytime soon, but this would be the most equal trade talent-wise. Even though the Texans were 4-12 in 2020, that was not a reflection of Watson’s individual talent, as he led the league in several passing categories that season.

If Murray is unhappy with the Cardinals, and Watson is definitely unhappy with the Texans, this could be the fairest trade of all for all parties involved. Like the 76ers with Ben Simmons, waiting for the perfect trade for a James Harden talent might be the worth the wait.

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