Deshaun Watson is "moving on,'' says Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, and the Houston legend even has three trade destinations for the disgruntled QB.
"You had a chance to really witness a really great player for four years and he’s going to move on,'' Moon said, "but hopefully the organization will get a hint from this that we’ve got to do a better job going forward.''
It is not officially a fait accompli, of course. But Moon, 64, played in Houston with the Oilers for 10 seasons and likely has a plugged-in angle here. And so, in an interview with TMZ Sports, he lists what he thinks are the sensible destinations for Watson, who, unhappy with the front office, has requested a trade away from the Texans.
San Francisco: “When you’re a player like him, you fit in a lot of places,” Moon said. “I think the San Francisco 49ers, if they’re ready to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo, I think that would be a great spot.''
Indianapolis: "I think the Indianapolis Colts,'' he said, "although I don’t see the Houston Texans trading him within the division because they don’t want to play him twice a year.”
New York Jets: “The Jets is a place where they definitely have the assets to make a trade and make it worthwhile for the Texans as well, but the Jets may be a little further away from being a winner,” he said. “I still think they are a good possibility. One, you’re going to a media market, a huge media capital where you can make a lot more money off the field. And then with Robert Saleh, their new head coach, I think they’re going to be a solid football team the next couple of years.”
Watson reportedly favors the Jets as a destination. Meanwhile, the Texans, frankly, are speaking out both sides of their mouth regarding his future, in press conferences insisting "He's a Texan'' while also leaking to media outlets their willingness to consider a trade in exchange for a "treasure chest.''
Moon, obviously, is predicting the latter outcome.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I’m sorry it didn’t work out. You had a chance to really witness a really great player for four years and he’s going to move on, but hopefully the organization will get a hint from this that we’ve got to do a better job going forward. We got to go out and look for another top-flight quarterback and we’ve got to build a team around that guy so we don’t lose him next time. So, hopefully, it’s a lesson learned by the organization as they move forward.”
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