Maybe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should offer trade for Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans, (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans, (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

Though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considering several options in free-agency at quarterback, maybe the Bucs should just trade for Deshaun Watson.

The Houston Texans made a baffling decision to trade one of their best players in WR DeAndre Hopkins away to the Arizona Cardinals, basically receiving RB David Johnson and a second-round pick in return.

The decision left the rest of NFL analysts and fans speechless, to say the least.

After all, Hopkins had proven to be one of the top-3 wide receivers in the league and was QB Deshaun Watson’s unquestioned favorite target.

With Hopkins heading out west, the Texans- who were just a couple of pieces away from being Super Bowl contenders- basically took themselves out of the Super Bowl picture.

With an offensive line that may very well be worse than the Buccaneers and a depleted roster, Deshaun Watson will be seemingly asked to fend for himself over the course of the 2020 season.

Or could he demand a trade after that absolutely awful decision?

The likelihood of Watson demanding a trade- and it actually happening- are slim-to-none, but the truth is this: The Buccaneers would be foolish to not at least reach out at this point and see what could happen.


Well, if the Texans are willing to trade away potentially the most talented player on their roster, they might be willing to do it again. The organization has made several questionable decisions under Bill O’Brien‘s leadership over the past few years and perhaps Tampa Bay could come away with a steal.

This is all just speculation and isn’t likely at all to happen, but hey, who would’ve thought we would see Hopkins traded away for an above-average rusher in David Johnson?

The main point of this post, however, is this: Tampa Bay fans need to hope that Bruce Arians, Jason Licht and the Glaziers truly know what they’re doing and that they can learn from awful decisions like the ones made by the Texans on Monday.

There’s a fine line between creating cap space and not being relevant in the NFL. The Buccaneers have a major opportunity to build towards becoming a legitimate contender in the near future, and that all begins with making smart decisions over the 2020 offseason.

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Luckily, we got to see a perfect example of what a bad decision looks like here early on in the free-agency period.