Deshaun Watson would love to join the Atlanta Falcons
Deshaun Watson would undoubtedly love to join the Atlanta Falcons and become their future at the quarterback position.
Not only would Watson love it, but Falcons head coach, Arthur Smith, would also welcome him with open arms since he would add another level to this offense that simply is not there with Matt Ryan. Not to say Matt Ryan is not playing well, he is, during the past few weeks, Matt has been playing at an MVP level.
Deshaun Watson would no doubt accept a trade to join the Atlanta Falcons team
The Atlanta Falcons have a great quarterback already in Matt Ryan, but he does not provide the team with the playmaking ability that Deshaun Watson has—no getting around that fact.
It would be extremely difficult for Terry Fontenot to pull this trade off, as the team has very little cap room over the next couple of years, but where there is a will, there is a way. He could find a way to make it happen.
As many people already know, Deshaun has what’s called a “no-trade clause” in his contract, meaning that if he does not want to be traded to a certain team, he can say “no” and the Texans would not be allowed to send him there. Essentially for Watson to be traded, he must waive his no-trade clause.
Let’s say for instance that Fontenot aggressively pursues Watson before Tuesday’s trade deadline and is able to come to terms with the trade terms, whether that be the three first-round picks the Texans want or more, would Deshaun be willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Atlanta Falcons?
The short answer is “yes.”
If you did not know, Deshaun grew up in the Atlanta area, more specifically Gainesville, which is about an hour away from where the Falcons play. He would be so much closer to where a lot of his family is and where he grew up during his childhood.
Not only did he grow up a Falcons fan, but he also was a ball boy for the team during the Roddy White era.
He used to play catch with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, and he even once received a $1,000 tip from cornerback Asante Samuel for doing a simple favor for him.
There is little doubt he would not want to play for his hometown team and the team that he used to help out.
When the Falcons played the Texans in 2019, Deshaun Watson said this leading up to the game:
"It’s going to be a neat experience, A lot of people in that organization are still in that organization that I will get to see Sunday. Kind of watched me grow up, go through high school, through college. People that I threw to, like of course Julio and watched how he improved over the years and me looking up to those guys."
He also talks about what he used to do as the ball boy, the different types of chores he would have to do, like helping out Arthur Blank.
It is cool to read about his experiences as a ball boy for the Atlanta Falcons. He remembers the time that they made the playoffs and fell just short of making their second Super Bowl at the time.
Deshaun Watson would love to be a part of the new Atlanta Falcons offense
Not only would Deshaun Watson like to play for his hometown team, but he would also love to be the quarterback of the Falcons’ new head coach, Arthur Smith’s offense.
This would turn the Falcons into one of the most deadly offenses overnight. Look at what Arthur was able to do with Ryan Tannehill, who is not nearly as talented as Deshaun Watson.
Also, think about what Deshaun Watson was able to do in an offense led by Bill O’Brien. How could he and the fans not be extremely excited to anticipate what he would do in an offense that has a play-caller like Arthur Smith?
All of this is just a huge “what if” statement. There is little, to no chance, the Falcons ever pick up the phone and even call Houston about Deshaun Watson. He is simply too expensive and would require too much future capital to ever land in Atlanta, not to mention the team already has Matt Ryan on the team, who is playing better than ever.
So, do not get your hopes up, it will not happen, unfortunately.