Both the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans are presently faced with predicaments at the quarterback position.
Dallas appears reluctant as possible in doling out big money to Dak Prescott as contract extension talks continue to hit roadblocks. A short while ago, the team decided to franchise-tag the 26-year-old signal caller. Houston, or should we say GM/head coach Bill O’Brien, meanwhile, is seemingly doing everything in his power to deprive Deshaun Watson of a playoff-caliber roster. It just seems like a sure thing that the former No. 12 overall pick will demand at trade at some point. After all, his cryptic tweets after the DeAndre Hopkins trade hinted at his unhappiness, and it’s hard to believe the acquisition of Brandin Cooks is going to change any of that (if it’s indeed the case).
These two teams should absolutely consider solving each other’s problems with a blockbuster trade.
— NFLTradeRumors.co (@nfltrade_rumors) April 14, 2020
Swap Dak for Deshaun (assuming Dak is willing to agree to an extension with Houston)! The Texans can worry about signing Prescott to a new contract, and then the Cowboys can figure things out with Watson, whose rookie deal expires after 2021.
Money isn’t at all a problem here, so agreeing to terms shouldn’t be too difficult. The Texans currently flaunt the 10th-most cap space in the NFL at $19.47 million, and they therefore have the funds to afford Prescott’s $28.72 cap hit for the 2020 season and offer him an extension should they choose to do so.
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As for Watson, the 24-year-old star will command big money when his free agency approaches, but it’ll buy Dallas more time and Jerry Jones can start new talks with someone who isn’t constantly playing hardball with them.
In a perfect world, this is a straight-up swap if Dak can agree to an extension with the Texans. That’s the only way this will happen.
Dak Prescott was never going to participate in offseason program without a new deal. That is his continued leverage against the franchise tag, which he has not signed.#Cowboys
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) April 14, 2020
The Cowboys would move forward with a gunslinger they know is deserving to be one of the highest-paid in the NFL and can buy more time to give him that money, while the Texans would rid themselves of what is sure to be a relentless migraine and cash in on Watson before he likely bolts in free agency anyway.
It’s a win-win proposal for both sides.