Deshaun Watson saga puts rare spotlight on Buffalo Bills

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The Buffalo Bills are in a rare position right now. One they haven’t been known to have.

First, they’re not anywhere near the bottom of the barrel in the NFL. In terms of a “laughing stock” image, that probably belongs to the Houston Texans currently. After an extended period of poor management, things hit a fever pitch for them as franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson wants out.

Just earlier this week, Watson official made it publicly known he wants to be traded. The hiring of David Culley as their next head coach makes no difference to the QB.

So how does this affect the Bills?

Turn on any sports-related program right now and the Texans QB is probably being talked about. Watson is young (25) and good. He has three Pro Bowls under his belt and even led the NFL in passing yards in 2020 (4,823).

Of all the teams that could be realistically use Watson’s services… the Bills are among the very few that have zero interest in him.

One can debate if Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen is better or worse than Watson. But at this point? We’re kind of just splitting hairs.

Both surpassed 4,500 passing yards (4,544 for Allen) this year, putting the pair in the top-five in terms of passers this season. Watson and Allen have had postseason successes as well.

Putting the Bills in a discussion to trade for Watson would have you laughed out of a room right now. It makes no sense, and it’s a credit to what the club has built under the guidance of head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane. They’ve gotten a guy like Allen, who appears to be locked into their, dare we say, process… for the foreseeable future.

In a way, one can even connect clubs like the Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys, who have elite quarterbacks already, to Watson, and make a better case for them to trade for him then you could for the Bills. Will Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott be back with those respective teams in 2021? It could be more than likely yes, but those still don’t have the level of certainty attached to them like Allen and Buffalo does right now.

Legitimately only a year ago at this time, the Bills could be a team who would’ve been viewed as one that would be upgraded with Watson… let alone looking back to guys the club had during their not-so-long-ago playoff drought. Instead, western New Yorkers are much more curious about… pretty much anything else than the quarterback position this offseason.

What a time to be alive…

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