Risky trades the Chicago Bears can make to land Deshaun Watson
The Chicago Bears land Deshaun Watson with out-of-the-box thinking
I have to admit that I first got this idea after reading a Bleacher Report article about the Raiders wanting to trade Derek Carr for two first-round picks. The article spoke about how the trade would be a three-way trade that sent Carr for the two first-rounders, then Las Vegas would send four first-round picks to Houston for Deshaun Watson.
After reading this, I thought about how I did not believe the Chicago Bears had a shot at landing Deshaun Watson, but what if Ryan Pace were to think outside the box like this article was with the Raiders. The only thing is that the Bears did not have the type of player to net two first-round picks. This is when I had to get really creative and I hope Ryan Pace is reading this.
With the two risky moves, the Chicago Bears would own the 20th, 26th and 27th overall picks in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. This would set them apart from even the Dolphins and Jets. Rumors are that Houston wants young, defensive players with draft capital should they ultimately move on from Deshaun Watson. This is where Roquan Smith comes in.
Now, the Chicago Bears would be sending Houston five, yes five, first-round picks plus Roquan Smith to the Texans for not just Deshaun Watson, but also J.J. Watt. Watt is not going to replace the production of Khalil Mack, but he will help soften the blow.
These two trades also free up salary cap (thank you, Khalil Mack) to the point the team can replace Allen Robinson with the likes of JuJu Smith-Shuster, Kenny Golladay or Corey Davis. Just like Watt, these receivers might not completely fill Robinson’s shoes, but they would come close. Don’t forget, although Watson signed a large contract, his 2021 salary cap hit is only $15.9 million.
I know this is a lot to give up for a quarterback, but Watson is not just any quarterback. He is a top-five quarterback in the NFL and instantly turns this offense into a powerhouse. With the Bears’ second and third-round picks, the team must focus on offensive tackles/line. Acquiring a fourth-rounder and another fifth-rounder gives Ryan Pace some extra firepower to even move up within the two rounds. I am perfectly okay with doing this to find a left tackle of the future.
The Bears would move on from Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith on defense while bringing in J.J. Watt to help soften the blow. The Bears would also sign and trade Allen Robinson, leaving the wide receiver corps as somewhat of a concern. No worries, with the additional cap savings, the team will sign one of the better wide receiver free agents. Most importantly, Ryan Pace rights a wrong from 2017 and brings in a 25-year-old, top-five quarterback to play for years.
Now, the team gave up a lot, but Ryan Pace will have to give up this much to convince the Texans to move on from Watson. These moves would be worth it in my opinion as long as they can find quality offensive tackles in the second and third round of a very deep offensive line draft class.