Houston Texans: Options Outside of Deshaun Watson

The Houston Texans are in a bind when it comes to their quarterback situation. Deshaun Watson demanded a trade shortly after last season and now there are over 20 lawsuits of sexual assault against the star quarterback. 

The situation looks very bleak for the Watson and the Texans. If the Texans weren’t preparing for other options at quarterback, they should start as soon as possible. 

The Texans do not have a first or second round pick in this month’s draft. Both were traded in 2019 to Miami in exchange for Laremy Tunsil. They finished 4-12 last season and would have had the third overall pick. Instead, the Dolphins received the pick and have since traded it to the San Francisco 49ers. 

Houston is coming off a bad season, there is controversy surrounding their quarterback, and they have no draft capital this season to replace him. So what options are out there for the Texans?

Sam Darnold

The third overall pick in 2018 looks to be done in New York after three seasons. The Jets hold the second pick in this year’s draft and will likely take another quarterback to lead the franchise. The Jets will likely ask for a first round pick initially but the Houston Texans shouldn’t make that type of deal. The Texans don’t have a first or a second round pick this year. Also their first rounder next year is poised to be in the top five if not the top three again.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo is still the starter in San Francisco but it appears the 49ers are ready to look to the future. They are likely looking to draft a quarterback of the future after trading up to the third overall pick. Garoppolo may start the season under center as the heir apparent learns on the bench. 

Garoppolo isn’t a bad trade option but he is very injury prone since arriving in the bay area. A torn ACL caused him to miss 13 games in 2018. He played every game in 2019 leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance. But he missed another 10 games in 2020 with a high ankle sprain.

Once again the 49ers will ask for a first round pick in return. But if they come down from that, the Texans could consider it.

Jacoby Brissett

Another former Patriot, Jacoby Brissett, finds himself as the backup in Miami after being in Indianapolis for four years. The Dolphins were in the market for a veteran backup after Ryan Fitzpatrick departed for Washington. 

Tua Tagovailoa is the clear starter but head coach Brian Flores wasn’t scared to pull Tagovailoa if he wasn’t playing well. In theory Brissett could be a tradable piece but I’m not sure the Dolphins see him that way. Brissett probably could be a cheap trade asset but the Dolphins may want to hold on to him if they plan on switching quarterbacks mid-game again like last year. 

Tyrod Taylor

In the midst of the trade demand by Watson, the Houston Texans went out and signed the veteran to a one-year deal after a short stint with the Chargers. Assuming Watson doesn’t play this year, Taylor is in line to start.

Taylor’s career record as a starter is 24-21-1 in 10 seasons in the league. Last year Taylor lost the starting job in Los Angeles to Justin Herbert after a team doctor punctured one of his lungs giving him a pain-killing injection. 

If things don’t work out with Taylor initially then all the other options will likely still be available via trade or signing down the road. The one asset the Houston Texans cannot give up is their first round pick in 2022.

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